“After much personal reflection and consultation with my family, staff and legislative colleagues, I have decided today to remove my name from the ballot for re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, effective immediately,” Miccarelli said in a statement.
Miccarelli was accused of physically and sexually assaulting the two women at separate times over the last six years. Toohil was granted a three year protection from abuse order against Miccarelli. He is continuing to push his innocence.
“My decision not to seek re-election should in no way be misconstrued by the public or misrepresented by the media as any admission of wrongdoing on my part,” Miccarelli said.
“I intend to continue to work to clear my good name and reputation and put this current controversial situation behind me, once and for all.”
Miccarelli’s decision comes with enough time before the May primary for the GOP to name a new candidate to the ballot.