Rep. Meehan resigns after sexual harassment charge

Posted April 29, 2018

On April 6, former Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold announced his resignation after using taxpayer money to pay a settlement to a former aide who accused him of sexual harassment and other improper conduct.

Meehan, a married father of three, described the woman who made the accusations against him as being a "soul mate".

Operations at Meehan's congressional offices will be transferred to the Clerk of the House until a successor takes his place. The former aide, a younger woman, alleged that Meehan had confessed romantic feelings for her after she became involved with another man. Meehan, she alleged, later retaliated after she repelled his advances. "I recognize that there are constituents who are disappointed in the manner in which I handled the situation that lead [sic] to my decision not to seek re-election and wish I had done better by them".

The statement said Meehan "has no future plans to discuss at this time".

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The lawmaker's early departure, which essentially ends the Ethics Committee's probe into his case, prompted criticism from an attorney for the accuser. That will not happen, ' lawyer Debra Katz tweeted.

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Rep. Meehan was elected to the House in 2010. That special election can not occur any sooner than 60 days after Wolf makes the announcement. Governor Tom Wolf is responsible for setting a date for special election to fill the office.

However, the settlement had been kept secret, and Meehan's office had long refused to answer repeated questions about how much taxpayer money Meehan paid out in it.

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Meehan, 62, of Upper Darby, Delaware County, pledged to repay $39,000 to the U.S. Treasury within 30 days of his resignation.

The scandal was a nail in Meehan's political coffin.

Meehan's campaign account had more than $2 million on hand as of March 31.

But while the state Supreme Court ruled the state's congressional lines unconstitutional and redrew the lines for the 2018 cycle, the special election will occur under the old lines.

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