Rep. Patrick Meehan reportedly paid a former aide thousands of dollars to settle a sexual misconduct case.
Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), a member of the House Ethics Committee who has positioned himself as a leader in fighting sexual harassment, used taxpayer money to settle his own sexual misconduct case, according to a report in the New York Times on Saturday.
Meehan, a Pennsylvania Republican, used thousands of dollars from an office account to settle a complaint from a former aide who said he made unwanted romantic overtures to her. The aide, who was decades younger than the now 62-year-old Meehan, said that he professed his romantic desires for her in person and in a letter; when she did not reciprocate, he grew hostile. The Times’s report is based on interviews with 10 people. It does not name the aide.
Meehan, who is married and a father of three, is currently serving his third term in Congress and is a member of both the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ethics Committee. Prior to arriving in Congress, he served as US attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
As the Times notes, Meehan has been pushing for protections for domestic violence victims since his time as a local prosecutor and in Congress has sponsored legislation mandating the reporting of sexual violence. He is also a member of a bipartisan task force to end such violence.
Meehan is the latest in a string of members of Congress to face allegations of sexual misconduct. The Ethics Committee he sits on has investigated at least four lawmakers recently for the same thing — Reps. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and John Conyers (D-MI) resigned, and Reps. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and Ruben Kihuen (D-NV) have said they will not run for reelection. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) Read More Here