Republican Congressman Tom Reed Abruptly Resigns In Surprise Announcement

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Republican New York Congressman Tom Reed has resigned, cutting his last term short.

He had already announced that he would not seek another election due to sexual misconduct allegations, but he decided to end his tenure on Tuesday, ahead of schedule, CBS News reported.

“It has been an honor to serve with you all from both parties. I love this institution as it still exemplifies what is best about our government, we are the People’s house. While I am proud that we put people before politics, there is much more to do,” he said in the House before leaving to join Prime Policy Group, a bipartisan lobbying group, based in Washington D.C.

“My most profound appreciation is for the people of Western New York. Thank you for giving a country lawyer, the youngest of 12, raised by a single mother whose father passed away when he was only two, the honor of representing you at the highest level. Only in America can such a dream come true,” he said.

The congressman was accused of inappropriately touching a female lobbyist in 2017 by rubbing her back and unhooking her bra at an event in a Minneapolis bar.

Nicolette Davis said she was 25 and a junior lobbyist for an insurance company when the incident occurred.

“A drunk congressman is rubbing my back,” she said in a text to one of her friends and coworkers. “HELP HELP.”

The Washington Post reported.

Reed, his hand outside her blouse, briefly fumbled with her bra before unhooking it by pinching the clasp, Davis told The Post. He moved his hand to her thigh, inching upward, she said.

Frozen in fear, she said, she asked the person sitting to her right for help. He obliged by pulling the congressman away from the table and out of the restaurant, Davis said.

After the report, the Congressman apologized for the incident and said he would not seek another election to Congress.

“First, I apologize to Nicolette Davis. Even though I am only hearing of this matter as stated by Ms. Davis in the article now, I hear her voice and will not dismiss her. In reflection, my personal depiction of this event is irrelevant. Simply put, my behavior caused her pain, showed her disrespect, and was unprofessional. I was wrong, I am sorry, and I take full responsibility. I further apologize to my wife and kids, my family, the people of the 23rd District, my colleagues, and those who have supported me for the harm this caused them,” the Congressman said.

“Second, I want to share that this occurred at a time in my life in which I was struggling. Upon entering treatment in 2017, I recognized that I am powerless over alcohol. I am now approaching four years of that personal lifelong journey of recovery. With the support of my wife, kids, and loved ones, professional help, and trust in a higher power, I continue that journey day by day. This is in no way an excuse for anything I’ve done. Consistent with my recovery, I publicly take ownership of my past actions, offer these amends, and humbly apologize again to Ms. Davis, my wife and kids, loved ones, and to all of you,” he said.

“Third, I plan to dedicate my time and attention to making amends for my past actions. In addition to apo…

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