Rep. Pat Meehan introduced past due Thursday that he will not run for re-election after studies a couple of sexual harassment cost the usage of taxpayer price range become public.
“After consultation with my wife, Carolyn, and with my three sons, and after prayerful reflection, I write to inform you that I will not seek re-election to the United States Congress for the Seventh Congressional District in 2018,” he wrote to his marketing campaign chairman, in accordance to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Mr. Meehan, Pennsylvania Republican, used taxpayer price range to settle a declare with a former aide who he known as his “soul mate” in a letter he despatched her. Mr. Meehan launched the letter to the general public to turn he did not go beside the point obstacles. He mentioned that he by no means pursued a sexual courting along with her, however admitted that he did change into disappointed when he realized she had a brand new boyfriend.
Mr. Meehan remains to be dealing with a House Ethics Committee assessment, a committee he was once previously a member of sooner than House Speaker Paul D. Ryan reassigned him in gentle of this incident.
He nonetheless holds that he acted accurately together with his aide in spite of have an in depth courting along with her.