Tom Reed, a Republican congressman from western Unusual York who modified into as soon as accused final week of rubbing a female lobbyist’s help and unhooking her bra with out her consent in 2017, apologized to the girl on Sunday and announced he will no longer shuffle for re-election next yr.
Reed, 49, acknowledged the incident curious Nicolette Davis took place “at a time in my existence by which I modified into as soon as struggling”. He acknowledged he entered treatment that yr as he modified into as soon as “powerless over alcohol”.
Reed apologized to his wife and children and to Davis and acknowledged he deliberate “to dedicate my time and consideration to making amends for my previous actions”.
First elected to Congress in 2010, Reed modified into as soon as amongst the participants of Congress calling for the resignation of the Democratic governor of Unusual York, Andrew Cuomo, over sexual harassment allegations. In gradual February, Reed acknowledged he modified into as soon as significantly brooding about running against Cuomo next yr.
Reed acknowledged on Sunday he would no longer seek any non-mandatory office in 2022.
The announcement came two days after the Washington Submit reported the allegations from Davis, who modified into as soon as 25 and a lobbyist for the insurer Aflac when she acknowledged Reed, seated next to her at a Minneapolis bar, unhooked her bra from out of doorways her blouse and moved his hand to her thigh.
“A drunk congressman is rubbing my help,” she texted a co-worker at Aflac that evening, adding later: “HELP HELP.”
Reed launched a statement Friday announcing: “This fable of my actions isn’t any longer correct.”
In his statement on Sunday he acknowledged: “In reflection, my deepest depiction of this occasion is beside the level. Merely put, my conduct resulted in her trouble, showed her disrespect and modified into as soon as unprofessional. I modified into as soon as defective, I’m sorry, and I take paunchy accountability.”
A broken-down mayor of Corning, Unusual York, Reed is co-chair of the Dwelling bipartisan Difficulty Solvers Caucus. He voted against impeaching broken-down president Donald Trump in January but voted in prefer of certifying the election of Joe Biden.