Rep. Tom Reed
(R., N.Y.) said in a statement Sunday night he would not run for re-election or for governor in 2022, following allegations last week of inappropriate sexual conduct.
Mr. Reed also apologized to
who told the Washington Post last week that the lawmaker had made unwanted sexual advances to her in 2017, which he said on Friday was inaccurate.
“Simply put, my behavior caused her pain, showed her disrespect and was unprofessional. I was wrong, I am sorry, and I take full responsibility,” Mr. Reed said in a statement Sunday evening.
Ms. Davis, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army who at the time worked as an insurance lobbyist, said Mr. Reed put his hand on her back, unhooked her bra and touched her leg during a fundraising trip, according to an account she gave to the Washington Post. She didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday night.
Mr. Reed said the incident occurred when he was still struggling with an addiction to alcohol, for which he later sought treatment.
“In addition to apologizing to those I have impacted, including Ms. Davis, I will be seeking to help those wrestling with addiction in any way I can,” Mr. Reed said. “As I go forward, I will strive to be a better human being, continue to fight for what I believe in, and to make people’s lives better in any way I can. I hope this formal apology is just the start.”
Mr. Reed had said earlier this year that he was seriously considering a run for governor of New York in 2022.
Lt. Davis told the Post that Mr. Reed’s advances came during a weekend fundraising trip in Minneapolis to benefit former Rep.
Mr. Reed said in a statement on Friday that “this account of my actions is not accurate.” But on Sunday, he said that after reflection, “my personal depiction of this event is irrelevant.”
Mr. Reed said that when he was elected in 2010, he pledged to serve no more than six terms in the House, for a total of 12 years, although lawmakers sometimes abandon vows to limit their time in office.
New York Gov.
a Democrat, continues to rebuff calls for his resignation after multiple women said the governor behaved inappropriately toward them while they worked on his staff.
Mr. Reed is also the co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group of 56 House members who work to come up with compromise solutions for major policy debates. The group helped advance bipartisan negotiations over a coronavirus relief bill late last year, and Mr. Reed joined a bipartisan Senate group last week to talk about a coming infrastructure package, aides said.
Mr. Reed is often one of only a handful of Republicans to join with Democrats on high-profile legislation. Last week the House passed a measure from Mr. Reed and Rep.
(D., Calif.) to remove the expired deadline for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, which would write the equality of women into the Constitution. Mr. Reed was one of four Republicans to vote for the measure.
Mr. Reed won reelection with 58% of the vote in his southwestern New York district in 2020, and
in the district by 11 percentage points.
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