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CONTROVERSY SPURS OREGONIAN TO DROP HIS BID FOR CONGRESS

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Oregon Republican Rep. Wes Cooley, who has been dogged by allegations that he lied about his Korean War experience and marital status, said Tuesday he would withdraw his bid for re-election.

Cooley, acknowledging that he had little chance to win a second term in November despite winning the May primary unopposed, said he would step aside, allowing the state Republican Party to nominate a replacement."The chance that a liberal politician could win the Second District race is a risk that I am not willing to take," Cooley said in a statement out of his Washington office.

The state Republican Party plans to hold a special convention to nominate a replacement by Aug. 27, a party official said.

The Democratic nominee is Mike Dugan, a district attorney from Bend.

Bob Smith, who represented eastern Oregon's vast second district for 12 years before retiring in 1994, frequently has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Cooley.