In a desperate bid to cast blame onto anything but himself, Republican Representative Pat Meehan of Pennsylvania denied that he ever sexually harassed one of his female staff members. But not only did he outright deny that he committed the act of sexual misconduct, although she claimed that he did, Meehan then blamed Obamacare for the way he acted toward the young female he hired to work in his office. On Tuesday, the GOP representative sat down with the Philadelphia Inquirer and told the reporter that the young staffer and he were “soul mates.”
But he denied that he had ever written an emotional, sexually charged, letter to the young woman, although she received such a letter and saw it as an unwanted romantic advance.
Meehan said that he only sent a letter because the young staff was in a serious relationship with another man and was quitting her position at his office, probably because his advances made her very uncomfortable.
In the letter he wrote to his young employee, Meehan wrote:
“You are and have been a complete partner to me, and you have brought me much happiness.”
He continued to spread his romantic advances onto the page and ended the letter signing it “with all my heart.”
The young woman was never comfortable with how the Republican representative refused to quit his romantic advances. She filed an official complaint and reported how she did not reciprocate his feelings, which caused him to grow hostile toward her. This threatened her.
The complaint led to a taxpayer-funded settlement. She left the job without incident. But now his sexual harassment is coming back to bite him in the backside.
Meehan claims that he never retaliated against the young woman, who was in a committed relationship and instead blamed his unwanted advances on Obamacare. He claimed that he was dealing with so much stress from the Republican party’s continually failing effort to repeal and dismantle Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Because Obamacare was causing him so much grief, he let out his frustration as unwanted sexual advances on the young staff worker in his office. She did not like it.
On Saturday, the New York Times broke the story about Meehan’s indiscretion. And within hours, Meehan was taken off the House Ethics Committee, which is the body of politicians who are supposed to investigate claims of sexual misconduct and harassment. Little did the GOP know, but one of their most “ethical” representatives was engaging in sexual harassment on the job.
On Monday, an official investigation into his sexual misconduct was launched.
“I looked at it the way somebody might look at the customary resolution of a matter in which we can allow the parties to move forward,” Meehan gave as his excuse for keeping the sexual harassment settlement confidential.
If the investigation against him concludes that he committed sexual harassment, he said he would repay the taxpayer-funded settlement.
Between 2008 and 2012, more than $115,000 in taxpayer money was used to pay out sexual harassment claims from the House.