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Meehan Will Not Seek Another Term in Congress

27 January 2018, 08:20 | Kara Nash

GOP Won't Drop Pennsylvania Rep. Meehan, Who Settled Sex Case With Taxpayer Funds

Congressman saw aide as 'soul mate,' but denies misconduct

Previously, Texas Republican Congressman Blake Farenthold used $84,000 in taxpayer funds to settle a 2014 sexual harassment claim. On Saturday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) removed Meehan from the committee and ordered an investigation into the allegations.

"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", Meehan wrote in a letter to his campaign chairman.

Meehan is the fifth member of Congress to resign or abandon re-election amid a national reckoning over sexual misconduct in the workplace.

The married father of three boys denied harassing the woman and contended that she "specifically invited" his intimate communications, which included a handwritten letter about his feelings.

The report, by the New York Times, was amplified in part because as a member of the House Ethics Committee, Meehan had been helping review sexual harassment claims against several other representatives. She left her job shortly thereafter and Meehan has refused to disclose the size of the tax payer funded settlement.

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He said he had developed strong feelings for the woman in the seven years she had worked for him, and that he reacted badly when he discovered that she had a romantic interest in another man.

Meehan's former aide came forward over the summer, telling the congressional Office of Compliance that veteran lawmaker became hostile when she did not return his advances.

The Inquirer and Daily News obtained a copy of the letter Thursday night. "I think that the idea of soul mate is that sort of person that you go through remarkable experiences together".

"No characterization of the work relationship I shared with a uniquely close colleague could have been more personally harmful than when I described that co-worker as a 'soul-mate, '" Meehan wrote.

He told the Philadelphia Daily News that he never considered pursuing a romantic or sexual relationship with the aide. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable.



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