Another Congressman Is Not Running For Re-election

Another Congressman Is Not Running For Re-election

Another Congressman Is Not Running For Re-election

With Meehan out of the picture, the GOP will be looking for a replacement candidate, while Democrats have a large roster of candidate running for a seat largely seen as in play prior to Meehan's withdrawal from the race.

Meehan graduated from Bowdoin with degrees in Government and Legal Studies and Classics and went on to receive a law degree from Temple University.

Though Meehan described developing an "affection" for the young aide and described her as a soul mate - a comment which has drawn national ridicule and anger - he tried to explain the term again in his letter.

He said he reacted "poorly" when he found out she began a serious relationship with another man. The settlement was secret under confidentiality provisions, and Meehan refuses to say how much taxpayer money was involved.

Meehan called the controversy a distraction and said he needed "to own it because it is my own conduct that fueled the matter", according to the reports.

Meehan provided used public money to pay off a female staff member who filed the complaint.

In a statement, Meehan denied allegations of harassment, saying he has always treated all colleagues with "respect and professionalism". He said that he never pursued a sexual relationship with her, but admitted that he did become upset when he learned she had a new boyfriend.

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But after the woman became involved in a serious relationship with someone outside the office previous year, Mr. Meehan professed his romantic desires for her - first in person, and then in a handwritten letter - and he grew hostile when she did not reciprocate, the people familiar with her time in the office said.

Aping language from President Donald Trump, Gale referred to Meehan as "scum from the Washington swamp and a hypocrite", noting the congressman and former Delco District Attorney sat on the House Ethics Committee in charge of investigating sexual harassment claims before his removal from that committee Saturday.

The Times report prompted the House Ethics committee to open an investigation into the aide's allegations and potential misuse of official resources.

Initially, Meehan had said he would run for a fifth term. Now with Meehan not seeking re-election, the field could grow even bigger.

Meehan, who is married, allegedly retaliated against the staffer upon finding out she was in a relationship and uninterested in him.

Pennsylvania's 7th District includes portions of Delaware, Montgomery, Chester, Berks and Lancaster counties. Two Republicans - Joe Billie and Sean Gale - have also announced.

Six Democrats - Daylin Leach, Drew McGinty, Elizabeth Moro, Dan Muroff, Shelly Chauncey and Molly Sheehan - have announced plans to seek their party nomination in the 7th District.

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