Facing an ethics probe over allegations of sexual harassment, Republican Patrick Meehan announced that he would not run for re-election in Pennsylvania this fall. On Friday, Meehan made his resignation from Congress effective immediately, a decision that spares him from a potentially embarrassing investigation by the House Ethics Committee. Meehan also pledged to pay back the $39,000 he used from his office account to settle the claim against him. The 62-year-old, married, father of three used that cash to settle a claim brought by a former aide decades his junior who accused Meehan last summer of making unwanted romantic advances toward her. Meehan was removed from the Ethics Committee, where he had helped investigate other sexual misconduct claims against his colleagues.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.