In the aftermath of news reports in February that U.S. Rep. David Wu lost an extraordinary number of staffers and aides following a tumultuous November 2010 re-election, the Democratic lawmaker granted his first interview to ABC's George Stephanopoulos.
In a live broadcast on Feb. 22, Stephanopoulos asked Wu why so many staffers had quit working for him. The news anchor also asked the seven-term congressman to explain why his longtime campaign treasurer had quit after more than seven years on the job.
Almost four minutes into the interview (available on video here) Wu explains the treasurer was "someone leaving for a full-time job rather than a part-time job."
That is not accurate, a spokesman for Wu today acknowledged. Lesley Bennett, Wu's campaign treasurer and compliance officer from October 2003 to February 2011, left Wu's political camp for a job as the chief financial officer of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters in February.
But Bennett's new job is not a full-time gig. It is a part-time job and the OLCV, a nonprofit organization, says it could not afford to pay Bennett what she had earned with Wu.
A spokesman for Wu, Erik Dorey, today tells WW the congressman was misinformed when he spoke to ABC News in February.
"It does sound like the congressman misspoke," Dorey says. "It was based on a misunderstanding at the staff level that was passed on to him."