October 25, 2004


House race unpredictable in wake of sex allegations (BRAD CAIN, 10/24/04, The Associated Press)

The Nov. 2 race between Democratic U.S. Rep. David Wu and GOP challenger Goli Ameri is one of the most expensive congressional contests in the country. It has also become one of the most bitterly fought — and one that's impossible to predict.

The Iranian-born Ameri has spent $1.4 million, much of it on TV ads attacking the three-term incumbent as a tax-and-spend liberal.

Wu, in turn, contends Ameri is too far to the right for the 1st District and is "in lockstep" with the Bush administration on issues such as the war in Iraq and the USA Patriot Act.

The race took an unexpected turn on Oct. 12, when The Oregonian published allegations that a former girlfriend accused Wu of attempted sexual assault while they were students at Stanford University in 1976. In response, Wu issued a statement saying he had a "two-year romantic relationship that ended with inexcusable behavior on my part," but didn't go into details.

Ameri has been using the issue in her latest TV ads against Wu.

Political observers say it has breathed new life into Ameri's campaign and stoked Republican hopes of winning back the House seat in the 1st District, which stretches from Portland's western suburbs to the north coast.

This is one of those races where a Bush upset victory in the state probably brings with it the House seat.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 25, 2004 11:33 PM

I wish I had your confidence, OJ. I'm getting worried.

Posted by: jsmith at October 25, 2004 11:45 PM

Unfortunately, 82 year old Mark Hatfield fell and damn near broke his crown a few weeks ago. The highly regarded former Governor and U.S. Senator has not yet fully recovered. A ninth inning Hatfield drive might well have clinched the game for Bush here.

Posted by: ghostcat at October 25, 2004 11:49 PM

I'm worried as hell. But it is in my nature.

Posted by: Twn at October 26, 2004 12:11 AM