WASHINGTON — Representative Tom Reed, Republican of New York, stated on Sunday that he wouldn’t run for any political workplace in 2022, together with governor, after a former lobbyist accused him of touching her inappropriately throughout a weekend political journey in 2017.
In a prolonged assertion, Mr. Reed, 49, who was first elected to Congress in 2010, apologized to the previous lobbyist, Nicolette Davis, whose story was reported on Friday by The Washington Post. Mr. Reed stated that he took “full responsibility” for the episode and that it “occurred at a time in my life in which I was struggling” with an alcohol habit.
“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,” Mr. Reed stated. “In reflection, my personal depiction of this event is irrelevant. Simply put, I caused her pain, showed her disrespect and was unprofessional. I was wrong, I am sorry and I take full responsibility.”
Before Ms. Davis’s allegation, Mr. Reed was publicly mulling a run for governor in 2022, telling Fox News in February that he was “seriously considering” such a bid as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo got here beneath fireplace for a wave of accusations of sexual harassment and different misconduct. Mr. Reed additionally stated on Sunday that he wouldn’t run for re-election to his seat in Congress, citing a pledge he made to voters when he was first elected to serve solely six phrases.
Ms. Davis informed The Post that when she was a 25-year-old lobbyist for the insurance coverage firm Aflac, Mr. Reed had groped her at an Irish pub in Minneapolis after a day of ice fishing with donors, politicians and lobbyists. While intoxicated, Mr. Reed positioned his hand on her again, she stated, unclasped her bra via her shirt and moved his hand up her thigh earlier than Ms. Davis requested the person sitting subsequent to her to intervene.
After her accusation was made public on Friday, Mr. Reed said in a statement that the “account of my actions is not accurate,” however didn’t elaborate or deny the encounter outright.