The op-ed, published in the Inquirer, Leach said he is “truly sorry for ever saying or doing anything that has made anyone uneasy, uncomfortable, or distressed.”
Leach explained his actions that led to the accusations he inappropriately touched staffers saying “I have always been a somewhat touchy person in conversation with both men and women and, therefore, I always assumed it was OK. But not everyone has the same comfort level with touching.”
Since the accusations, Governor Tom Wolf and other Democrats have called for Leach to resign his position and end his congressional run. Leach announced he would be “taking a step back” from his campaign, but has not officially exited the race.
The op-ed could be the beginning of Leach moving the conversation forward past the accusations in order to continue a run for Congress.
“I believe that there must be room for growth and forgiveness on this issue and in all areas of life,” Leach wrote.