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It's not harassment if she's your soul mate... Rep. Patrick Meehan


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By Amanda Arnold

 

Representative Patrick Meehan. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

 

Pennsylvania congressman Patrick Meehan, a Republican who has been heavily involved in the fight against sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, allegedly used taxpayer money to settle his own sexual-misconduct case with a former aide last year, the New York Times reports.

Meehan, who is married with three children, allegedly professed romantic interest in an aide who was decades younger than him — first in a written letter, then in person. According to seven people who spoke to the Times, the woman saw the congressman as a father figure, not as a romantic partner. When she did not reciprocate his feelings and started dating another man, Meehan reportedly grew so hostile that she filed a complaint with the congressional Office of Compliance, started working from home, and eventually decided to leave her job.

 

While the aide eventually reached a confidential agreement with Meehan’s office, which included a nondisclosure agreement and thousands of dollars from his congressional office fund, the aide’s experience was reportedly “demoralizing.” According to the woman’s friends, the settlement did not cover her legal and living expenses, and left her feeling isolated.

 

Meehan has ostensibly been a leader in the fight against sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. As a member of the House Ethics Committee, which is tasked with investigating misconduct claims, he sponsored legislation mandating the reporting of sexual violence.

 

If the congressman does resign amid a sexual-misconduct scandal, as did John Conyers and Trent Franks, there would be major electoral consequences. According to the Times, Meehan’s district is one of the most gerrymandered in the nation, and his seat has been a target for Democrats.

Big electoral consequences here for GOP. Now they'll either have an extremely damaged incumbent or an open seat in one of the swingest districts in the country. https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/954794010148855809 …

Following the publication of the Times report, Meehan released a statement in which he denied the allegations — but not the settlement — and “asked the complainant’s counsel to release all parties from the confidentiality requirements of the agreement to ensure a full and open airing of all the facts.”

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The aide’s lawyer blasted Meehan’s request.

 

“In a desperate effort to preserve his career, Rep. Meehan has now asked my client to waive confidentiality so he can deny well-grounded allegations knowing full well that his former staffer prizes her privacy above all else,” they told the Times. “Mr. Meehan demanded confidentiality to resolve the matter, presumably so that the public would never know that he entered into a settlement of a serious sexual harassment claim.”

 

A spokesperson for Paul Ryan told Times reporter Katie Rogers that Meehan is being immediately removed from the House Ethics Committee. He will also reportedly have to repay the taxpayer funds he used to pay the settlement.

 

Read the full report here.

This story has been updated to include Meehan’s statement and the information regarding Meehan’s removal from the House Ethics Committee.

 

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But...but...we're soulmates!!!

You know who that made me think of? Remember when former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford (now back in the House ... probably a buddy of Meehan's) said that his Argentine mistress was his soulmate ... but that he would try to fall back in love with his wife. Why say that out loud? Just weird.

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You know who that made me think of? Remember when former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford (now back in the House ... probably a buddy of Meehan's) said that his Argentine mistress was his soulmate ... but that he would try to fall back in love with his wife. Why say that out loud? Just weird.

At least Sanford’s affection was returned

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From TheHill.com, January 25, 2018:

 

Dems eye GOP rep’s seat after sexual harassment allegations

 

Democrats have their eyes on the swing district held by Rep. Pat Meehan ® as the embattled lawmaker struggles to respond to sexual harassment allegations ahead of the 2018 midterms.

 

Meehan, once a member of the House Ethics Committee, now faces an ethics investigation of his own after the New York Times disclosed that he used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment complaint levied against him by a former aide.

 

Meehan has denied the harassment charges and is still running for reelection. But Meehan has hardly put the issue to rest with interviews claiming he and his much-younger aide are “soul mates” and admitting that he lashed out when he found out she had a boyfriend.

 

Meehan could have faced a difficult reelection even without the harassment allegations. Hillary Clinton won his district during the 2016 presidential election. [Also,] the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is forcing lawmakers to redraw the congressional map, a prospect that could hurt Meehan’s chances.

 

The accusations have only compounded those concerns, casting doubt on both Meehan’s political future and Republicans’ ability to hold the seat.

 

“Meehan, in my humble judgment, was not likely to lose reelection even given the Democratic wave,” said Terry Madonna, a political science professor from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster. “Now, if he runs and [even] if the district lines stay the same, all bets are off.”

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From Business Insider, January 25, 2018:

 

Why has Patrick Meehan told us so much about his inner emotional life?

... Meehan's emotional incontinence — "my own struggle with emotions," as he put it to NBC 10 in an on-camera interview — has not only interfered with his observance of boundaries related to marital fidelity, sexual-harassment law, and grown-up dignity.

 

His accuser's lawyer told NBC 10 that, in addition, his recent statements "are a gross violation of the confidentiality and non-disparagement provisions that he signed" at the time she received her settlement.

 

Learn to control yourself, congressman ... Some things are best kept bottled up inside.

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From Business Insider, January 25, 2018:

 

Why has Patrick Meehan told us so much about his inner emotional life?

 

 

Learn to control yourself, congressman ... Some things are best kept bottled up inside.

 

Why should he do that? Lack of control worked for the boss.

“Who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?”

 

-The Marx Brothers

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