Cook Political Shifts PA-7 to ‘Toss Up’ After Meehan’s Sexual Harassment Allegations
The Report cites the fact that Meehan used his office’s budget to pay for the settlement and his actions after the allegations and settlement became public.
From the Report:
As if the disclosure that GOP Rep. Pat Meehan (PA-07) used taxpayer dollars to settle a harassment claim wasn’t bad enough, Meehan’s actions since might be a lesson in how not to handle a crisis. In the past few days, the married father of three compounded his problems by admitting to local news outlets he saw his much younger aide as a “soul mate” and released a letter he wrote to her last May thanking “God for putting you into my life.”
Meehan maintains that his actions weren’t illegal and has indicated he will continue to seek reelection, but Speaker Paul Ryan has removed him from the House Ethics Committee amid an investigation, and according to two sources, senior Republicans are pressuring Meehan to retire before the March 6 filing deadline. Whether or not Meehan heeds that advice, the scandal plunges yet another Republican-leaning seat into serious doubt.
Democrats have many candidates in the race including former CIA Counter-Intelligence Officer Shelly Chauncey, Drew McGinty, an IT professional; Elizabeth Moro, a realtor; attorney Dan Muroff; and Molly Sheehan, a biomedical researcher.