A Pennsylvania Republican congressman who resolved the sexual harassment claim of a former employee with taxpayer money reported on Thursday to parties and campaign officials who will not seek re-election, a decision that occurred when party officials began to seek a replacement candidate.
The denunciation of a former assistant three decades younger than the representative of the United States Pat Meehan came to light on January 20 in a New York Times report, citing anonymous people. The accuser's lawyer, Alexis Ronickher, called the accusations "well-founded" and a "serious claim of sexual harassment."
Meehan, 62, is a congressman for four terms and a former US attorney. UU In Philadelphia. In an effort to defend himself against the accusation, the married father of three children had described the woman in an interview as a "soul mate", and acknowledged that he had lashed out when he discovered that he had started dating another man. But he maintained that he had not done anything wrong and had never sought a romantic relationship with her.
Meehan's decision came when he faced calls from Democrats and rallies outside his district office demanding his resignation, and Republicans began to lose confidence that Meehan could win re-election in the divided district in the Southeast. Pennsylvania, where Republicans fear an anti-Trump wave.
"Unfortunately, recent events related to my office and the settlement of certain harassment allegations have become a great distraction," he wrote in a letter to the president of his campaign. "I need to have it because it's my own behavior that fueled the issue."
The Times report encouraged Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan to request an investigation by the Ethics Committee and Meehan's dismissal from the committee. Ryan also told Meehan to return the money and the Ethics Committee opened an investigation into whether Meehan sexually harassed the woman and misappropriated official resources.
Meehan is the fifth member of Congress to resign or say that sexual misconduct will not occur again in a national context in the place of work
Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Val DiGiorgio said Meehan "made the right decision" for voters in his district and for himself. DiGiorgio called it a "sad ending to what was the remarkable career of a dedicated public servant leader."
The American representative Steve Stivers, R-La., The chairman of the Republican National Congressional Committee, thanked Meehan for his dedication, but said, "we must always keep our high level possible, especially during your service in Congress."
The former assistant filed the complaint last summer with the Congress Compliance Office after Meehan became hostile towards her when she did not reciprocate her romantic interest in her, and she quit the job, the Times reported.
The agreement has been kept secret, and Meehan has continually refused to say how much taxpayer money he paid as part of the agreement . Meehan said he followed the advice of the Chamber's lawyers and the guidance of the Ethics Committee in accepting the payment.
He said that he had developed strong feelings for the woman in the seven years he had worked for him, and that he reacted badly when he discovered that she had a romantic interest in another man.
He told reporters that while he had struggled with his feelings, he also insisted that he had maintained his professional relationship.
Initially, Meehan had said he would run for a fifth term. But even after he relayed his version of the story, Republicans quietly sought out other candidates, believing that Meehan would not be able to regain the voter's trust after using the taxpayers' money to settle the case.
Meehan represents a severely contorted district, criticized for being among the Republicans born before the 2012 election in an attempt to help Meehan win re-election, is a big responsibility for Republicans and could change dramatically in a new court-ordered congressional courtroom in Pennsylvania Democrat Hillary Clinton narrowly won the district in the 2016 presidential election, and winning it will likely become an even bigger goal for Democrats encouraged by anti-Trump fervor in the suburbs of Philadelphia, and more difficult for Republicans. 19659020]