Meehan resigns with promise to pay back alleged sexual harassment claim

29 April, 2018, 21:51 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • PA Rep Patrick Meehan Resigns, Pledges to Pay Back $39000 Amid Sexual Harassment Probe

Rep. Patrick Meehan will resign immediately, the Pennsylvania Republican announced Friday.

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 previous year of making unwanted romantic overtures to her.

Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., announced his resignation Friday over a House Committee on Ethics investigation into sexual harassment allegations.

He stepped down from the committee following the allegations.

She contended that after Meehan learned she was in a relationship with another male staff member, the workplace became hostile and she filed a complaint with the Congressional Office of Compliance.

Meehan said that, while he believed he would have been cleared of any wrongdoing, he wanted to resign so that he could avoid an Ethics Committee investigation into his conduct. "And since I have chosen to resign, the inquiry will not become a burden to taxpayers and committee staff", Meehan said in a statement.

Meehan, who is married, called the woman his soulmate. His office did not respond when asked whether he would use personal funds to repay the Treasury. Al Franken, D-Minn., who resigned in January, recently have either left before the completion of their terms or said they would not run for re-election because of sex scandals.

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

Meehan's statement on Friday said he has no future plans while he also thanked his family for their support.

Meehan's payment to the staffer, whose name has not been made public due to a nondisclosure agreement, would likely show up as a salary payment in House records months after it was made. Governor Tom Wolf is responsible for setting a date for special election to fill the office. It includes portions of Berks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster and Montgomery counties.

He said it would be a waste of money considering the 7th District will be replaced by the 5th after a redistricting ordered this year by the state Supreme Court.

Meehan maintained he never was unfaithful to his wife.

The former congressman says he will pay the money back within 30 days.


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