Rep. Tom Reid, a Republican from West New York who was accused last week of rubbing the back of a lobbyist and unbuttoning her bra in 2017, apologized for the woman on Sunday and announced that he would not run for election next year. .
Reid, 49, said in a statement that the incident involving then lobbyist Nicolette Davis occurred “at a time when I was struggling with my life.” He said he went into treatment that year and realized he was “unable to drink.”
Reid apologized to his wife, children, and Davis, and said he plans to “dedicate my time and attention to make up for my past actions.”
Reid, who was first elected to Congress in 2010, was among those members of Congress who called for Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign over allegations of sexual harassment. In late February, Reid said he was seriously considering running for governor against Como if a Democrat seeks a fourth term next year.
In his Sunday statement, Reid said he would not run for any election in 2022.
The announcement came two days after the Washington Post reported the allegations of Davis, who was a 25-year-old and a lobbyist for Aflac, when she said that Reed, who was sitting next to her in a bar in Minneapolis, took off her bra from the outside of her blouse and moved his hand to her thigh. .
“Drunk congressman rubbed my back,” she wrote a text message to a co-worker in Aflac that evening, adding, later, “HELP HELP.”
Reid issued a statement on Friday saying, “This account of my actions is not accurate.”
In his Sunday statement, he said, “In meditation, my personal depiction of this event is irrelevant. Simply, my behavior caused her pain, showed disrespect for her and was unprofessional. I was wrong, I am sorry, and I take full responsibility.”
Reed is a former mayor of Corning, New York, and co-chair of the bipartisan problem-solving group in the House of Representatives.
He voted against impeaching former President Donald Trump in January but voted to endorse the 2020 elections for Democrat Joe Biden.