Across The Commonwealth: Meehan to Resign

Across The Commonwealth: Meehan to Resign”

Four-term Republican Rep. Patrick Meehan had already chose to not seek re-election this fall. Meehan then allegedly grew hostile toward the woman when she did not accept his overtures. "And since I have chosen to resign, the inquiry will not become a burden to taxpayers and committee staff", said Meehan.

Pat Meehan (R-PA) abruptly announced his resignation Friday.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called for an Ethics panel investigation of Meehan after The New York Times reported on the accusations against him in January.

A Republican congressman from Pennsylvania has resigned after settling a former aide's sexual harassment complaint with taxpayer money.

Debra Katz, an attorney for the woman, blasted Meehan's decision to resign, saying he did so not to spare his staff or taxpayers but rather to evade accountability for his own actions. "I am equally thankful for the unwavering support of my children". He said in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer that while he had developed deep "affection" for a former staffer and saw her as a "soul mate", he never pursued a romantic relationship with her, contrary to her claims. "I recognize that there are constituents who are disappointed in the manner in which I handled the situation that [led] to my decision not to seek re-election and wish I had done better by them", he said. But with the new Congressional map, the old 7th District morphed into the new 5th, which looks to be a heavily Democratic District.

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This will be the second special election Wolf will have to set given April resignations.

Meehan maintained that he had done nothing wrong, but felt a continued fight against charges would hurt his current staff and constituent.

Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, will set a special election date. In a resignation letter submitted Friday, he said that within 30 days, he will repay the government $39,000 he used from his House office account as a severance payment to help settle the woman's allegations against him.

Wolf is expected to make a decision on the special election soon, Wanda Murren, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania secretary of state, told Fox News. "We must continue to hold ourselves to a higher standard", said National Republican Campaign Chairman Steve Stivers. Whoever wins the special election, will fulfill the remainder of Meehan's term in office, according to guidance provided by Pennsylvania's secretary of state office.

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