A New York Republican has decided to move up his retirement.
Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) had already announced that he would not be seeking re-election after this term.
Allegations of sexual misconduct in 2017, however, have seemingly stepped up his timeline.
Reed, on Tuesday, announced that he would be leaving office.
Just about ready to finish out his sixth term, he has decided to call it quits.
He stated, “After almost 12 years in Congress, today is my last day.
“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.
“I am leaving to continue that work and hope to have a greater impact on our country.”
Reed is reportedly joining the DC-based government affairs and public relations firm Prime Policy Group.
Reed has been accused of molesting a female lobbyist in 2017.
Nicolette Davis accused Reed of making unwanted sexual advances against her last year.
Reed apologized, stating, “Simply put, my behavior caused her pain, showed her disrespect and was unprofessional.
“I was wrong, I am sorry, and I take full responsibility.”
Reed’s seat should stay in the GOP, as he won re-election fairly easily, taking down 57.7 percent of the vote, which was far better than Trump did in the district during the 2020 election.
Source: New York Post