Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) apologized after a former lobbyist accused him of groping her in 2017 and mentioned he wouldn’t run for any political workplace when his present time period in Congress expires in 2022.
On Friday, Nicolette Davis mentioned Reed inappropriately touched her whereas they have been on a political journey 4 years in the past. Davis first told The Washington Post that Reed seemed to be drunk throughout a networking occasion and touched her again, unclasped her bra and put his hand on her thigh with out her consent. She was 25 on the time.
Reed, who had been weighing a bid towards embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), apologized in a prolonged assertion on Sunday and mentioned he wouldn’t run for any elected place, governor included, in 2022.
“Even though I am only hearing of this matter as stated by Ms. Davis in the article now, I hear her voice and will not dismiss her,” Reed mentioned in an announcement. “In reflection, my personal depiction of this event is irrelevant. Simply put, my behavior caused her pain, showed her disrespect and was unprofessional.”
Reed went on to say that he was “struggling” on the time and had entered remedy for alcohol abuse in 2017.
“I am now approaching four years of that personal lifelong journey of recovery,” he mentioned, earlier than including: “This is in no way an excuse for anything I’ve done. Consistent with my recovery, I publicly take ownership.”
Shortly after the Post printed its story, Reed issued a terse response, saying: “This account of my actions is not accurate.” But he walked again that assertion and mentioned he would “strive to be a better human being” and that he hoped his formal apology was “just the start.”
The lawmaker mentioned Sunday he was additionally abiding by earlier guarantees from when he was first elected to Congress in 2010 that he wouldn’t serve greater than six phrases or 12 years in workplace.
The chairman of the New York Republican Party mentioned he believed Reed “made the right decision” in an announcement to The New York Times.
“I hope that this can bring some peace for Ms. Davis, who made very serious allegations that deserved to be heard,” the chairman, Nick Langworthy, instructed the publication.
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