Pennsylvania congressman Pat Meehan is not going to be searching for reelection amid a rising name to step down after he reportedly spent taxpayer cash to settle a sexual harassment declare filed by a former aide who he considers his “soulmate.”
The Republican consultant, 62, submitted a letter to his marketing campaign chairman on Thursday saying his choice to step down on the finish of his time period in 2018, in line with the Philadelphia Each day Information.
“Sadly, latest occasions regarding my workplace and the settlement of sure harassment allegations have develop into a serious distraction,” he wrote. “I must personal it as a result of it’s my very own conduct that fueled the matter.”
A former aide claimed Meehan professed his like to her and grew hostile when she didn’t reciprocate, the NY Occasions reported final week.
She filed a criticism, began working from house and ultimately left the job earlier than Meehan’s workplace paid a settlement mentioned to be “within the hundreds.”
Meehan denied any wrongdoing on Tuesday in a protection that was extensively scorned.
He instructed the Philadelphia Each day Information that he by no means thought-about pursuing a romantic or sexual relationship with the aide.
However he admitted to growing a deep “affection” for her and mentioned, “We had been soul mates. I believe that the thought of soul mate is that form of person who out undergo exceptional experiences collectively.
In his letter on Thursday, Meehan issued one other denial that mentioned,“characterizations of a romantic curiosity in a co-worker are usually not solely unfair, they’re improper.”
He additionally walked again his “soul mates” remark, writing, “I really didn’t even contemplate or perceive the complete implications of using that time period.”
“Fairly merely to me a soul-mate means a uniquely shut one who is joined with you each day, during which you each share the routine successes and strains of a piece day,” he added.
Meehan, who has reviewed sexual harassment claims towards different representatives, was faraway from the Home Ethics Committee after information broke of the settlement.