House Rep. Pat Meehan resigns

29 April, 2018, 21:52 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Friday, Meehan wrote, "I recognize that there are constituents who are disappointed in the manner in which I handled the situation that lead to my decision not to seek re-election and wish I had done better by them".

In January, The New York Times reported that Meehan used thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to settle a misconduct complaint after a former aide accused him past year of making unwanted romantic overtures to her.

Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., who previously announced his retirement from Congress following reports he had paid a secret settlement to a staffer who accused him of harassment, resigned outright Friday.

Meehan said he believes he will be cleared of wrongdoing, but that he wants to allow his staff to get on with their jobs search and spare a costly congressional investigation.

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Meehan, 62, said in January he planned to retire after a New York Times report that he used taxpayer dollars to settle a sexual harassment suit with a former staff member.

He used $39,000 in taxpayer money to settle a former aide's sexual harassment complaint.

Meehan's retirement has left his open seat from Philadelphia's suburbs as a toss-up in this November's elections, in which Democrats are hoping to capture House control. His office did not respond when asked whether he would use personal funds to repay the Treasury. Two days later he announced he would not run for re-election. He said the repayment would be made within 30 days of his departure from the House.

Meehan has said in interviews that he considered the former aide, who is decades younger than him, his "soul mate".

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Meehan declined to reveal any future plans.

Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declared the state's congressional lines unconstitutional.

"I am deeply grateful to my wife who is so supportive, and who has made many sacrifices in her own career so that i could pursue mine in public service", Meehan said. It includes portions of Berks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster and Montgomery counties.

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