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 gave the impression 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 in opposition to 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.
“Although I’m solely listening to of this matter as said by Ms. Davis within the article now, I hear her voice and won’t dismiss her,” Reed mentioned in a press release. “In reflection, my private depiction of this occasion is irrelevant. Merely put, my conduct prompted her ache, confirmed 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’m now approaching 4 years of that private lifelong journey of restoration,” he mentioned, earlier than including: “That is under no circumstances an excuse for something I’ve executed. Per my restoration, I publicly take possession.”
Shortly after the Put up printed its story, Reed issued a terse response, saying: “This account of my actions will not be correct.” However he walked again that assertion and mentioned he would “attempt to be a greater human being” and that he hoped his formal apology was “simply the beginning.”
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 Occasion mentioned he believed Reed “made the appropriate resolution” in a press release to The New York Occasions.
“I hope that this may convey some peace for Ms. Davis, who made very severe allegations that deserved to be heard,” the chairman, Nick Langworthy, advised the publication.
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