The Hill: Rep. Meehan will not seek reelection after sexual harassment backlash

January 26, 2018

Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.) announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election in 2018, following immense public backlash over reports of a sexual harassment complaint filed against him by a former female staffer, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

“After consultation with my wife Carolyn and with my three sons, and after prayerful reflection, I write to inform you that I will not seek re-election to the United States Congress for the 7th Congressional District in 2018,” Meehan wrote in a letter to his campaign chairman, obtained by the Inquirer. “Today I communicated the same to the office of Speaker Paul Ryan.”