Larson, Courtney on frontlines in dealing with allegations against Oregon Dem

House Democrats are confronting another possible sex scandal within their ranks, and two Connecticut lawmakers will be on the frontlines of handling the fallout.

The Portland Oregonian reported on Friday that a young woman called the office of Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., this spring and accused him of an “unwanted sexual encounter.”

House Minority Leader Pelosi, of California, has asked the House Ethics Committee to look into the allegations against Wu. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, is the newest member of that panel.

Meanwhile, Rep. John Larson, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, reportedly met with Wu yesterday, as the Oregon Democrat weighed how to handle the matter. Wu has so far signaled he will not run for re-election in 2012, but won’t resign until his current term ends.

“This is very serious, and I have absolutely no desire to bring unwanted publicity, attention or stress to a young woman and her family,” Wu said in the statement.

Click here to read more about Larson’s meeting with Wu.