A growing list of elected officials including Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore (AL), Representative John Conyers (MI), Senator Al Franken (D-MN), and former President George H.W. Bush, have been accused of sexual misconduct. Democratic strategist Dane Strother said:
‘This is a game-changer. Every man who wants to run for office needs to give some serious thought to his past.’
Not surprisingly, another politician is joining the list. It was reported on Saturday that Pennsylvania Representative Patrick Meehan (R), who is ironically a member of The House Ethics committee, used taxpayer dollars to settle a sexual harassment claim made by a former staffer.
According to The New York Times:
‘Representative Patrick Meehan, a Pennsylvania Republican who has taken a leading role in fighting sexual harassment in Congress, used thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to settle his own misconduct complaint after a former aide accused him last year of making unwanted romantic overtures to her, according to several people familiar with the settlement.’
Meehan is a 62 year-old father of three, who expressed interest in the personal life of an aide who was much younger and saw him as a father figure, according to others who worked with the office and four others outside the office with whom she had discussed her tenure.
Supposedly, after the woman became involved in an serious relationship with someone outside the office, Meehan became obsessed about professing his desires for her, both in person and in a letter. When she did not reciprocate, he became hostile about it. The aide eventually initiated the complaint process and left her job to work from home.
Meehan and the aide reached a confidential agreement and an undisclosed amount of money was paid to her from Meehan’s congressional office fund.
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