Another politician has found himself in the raging path of a collection of women who claim to have abused by their male boss.
The New York Times reports, “Under fire for using taxpayer money to settle a sexual misconduct complaint from a former aide, Representative Patrick Meehan, Republican of Pennsylvania, said Tuesday that the woman “specifically invited” his intimate communications and that he was emotionally wounded when she filed a complaint against him.
Mr. Meehan denied crossing the line into impropriety, but said in an interview that when the woman told him last year that she had started a relationship with someone outside the office, he “didn’t respond to it as well as I would like to have.”
He said he believed his attempt to make amends — a handwritten letter in which he called her “a complete partner to me” — was meant to be a sign of respect.
Meehan acknowledged Tuesday that he told an aide of his that she was “a soul mate,” but denied that his actions were considered harassment.
The married Republican congressman, who said he intends to run for reelection, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that he “developed an affection” for his younger aide, but never pursued a romantic relationship with her,” Fox News reported.
OUR FREE OPINION
This is another case that calls for thoughtful adjudication that includes all aspects of due process that are afforded someone accused of acts the victim alleges. There is little to be gleaned from the comments contained in the New York Times piece that casts credibility on the part of either party at this time. Until such a process has been completed, Mr. Meehan deserves a presumption of no wrongdoing.