According to a report on VICE, a New York congressman who called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s impeachment and was “seriously considering” running against him has apparently had a change in plans, now that his own sexual misconduct has come to light.
GOP Rep. Tom Reed on Sunday owned up to allegations from Nicolette Davis, who said that when she was a 25-year-old junior lobbyist in 2017, Reed unhooked her bra while at a dinner and put his hand on her thigh, as the Washington Post reported last week. Reed initially denied Davis’ allegations, but yesterday he issued an apology, attributing his actions to alcoholism.
“Even though I am only hearing of this matter as stated by Ms. Davis in the article now, I hear her voice and will not dismiss her. In reflection, my personal depiction of this event is irrelevant," Reed said in a statement. "Simply put, my behavior caused her pain, showered her disrespect and it was unprofessional. I was wrong, I am sorry, and I take full responsibility."
Reed said he recognized he was “powerless over alcohol” in 2017, the year the alleged harassment occurred, and entered treatment that year. He said he’s been sober for four years.
“This is in no way an excuse for anything I've done," Reed said. "Consistent with my recovery, I publicly take ownership of my past actions, offer this amends, and humbly apologize again to Ms. Davis, my wife and kids, loved ones, and to all of you."