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Tom Reed, who served as a New York representative for the Republican Party, announced Tuesday his resignation from Congress after being denounced for sexual misconduct by a former lobbyist.
“After almost 12 years in Congress, today is my last day”Reed said in remarks on the House floor. “It has been an honor to serve all of you from both games. I love this institution as it still exemplifies the best of our government. We are the house of the people”.
“I humbly bid you farewell, and tender my resignation as a member of the House. And I wish you all good luck,” Reed said in statements quoted by TheHill.
A former lobbyist named Nicolette Davis reported in The Washington Post that Reed had sexually harassed her four years earlier. Before the scandal the legislator apologized to Davis after a lengthy statement, noting that he had just learned about the alleged incident in the newspaper article. He also noted that he would not seek any elected office in 2022.
According to Punchbowl News, the outlet that first reported on Reed’s resignation, said the representative will join Prime Policy Group, a bipartisan government relations and public affairs firm based in Washington, DC.
Davis told the Washington Post that Reed rubbed her back and thigh, unhooking her bra while they were both at an Irish bar in Minnesota.. The woman indicated that she was a lobbyist at an insurance company at the time.
After what Reed did, Davis said he asked a person sitting next to him for help, who managed to get the congressman off the table and kick him out of the restaurant.
Given this, Reed took responsibility during his statement last year: “Although I now only hear about this matter as stated by Ms. Davis in the article, I hear her voice and I will not fire her. On reflection, my personal description in this event is irrelevant.”
“Simply put, my behavior caused him pain, showed him disrespect and was unprofessional.. I was wrong, I’m sorry and I take full responsibility,” Reed added.
Reed was mayor of the New York City of Corning and co-chairman of the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus, the Associated Press reported.
He was the second New York Republican not to plan to run again this year. Upstate New York Republican Rep. John Katko, who was one of 10 congressmen to impeach Trump, also announced earlier this year that he will not seek re-election.
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Republican representative from New York announced his resignation from Congress after complaint of sexual misconduct