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As Democrat New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo hangs on to power for dear life after eight sexual harassment or assault allegations a top Republican has called in quits.
New York Republican Rep. Tom Reed took responsibility for a sexual assault that he was alleged to have committed in 2017 and vowed to not campaign for any elected office again, CNN reported.
Republican Rep. Tom Reed of New York apologized and took “full responsibility” on Sunday for the sexual misconduct allegations made against him by a former lobbyist.
Reed also announced that he would not be seeking office in 2022 after his current term in Congress ends.
In a statement, Reed claimed that he had not heard of the allegations made by Nicolette Davis prior to a Washington Post article published last week.
“A drunk congressman is rubbing my back,” Davis had said to a friend that night via text message, adding later, “HELP HELP.”
The representative said that he hears her voice and acknowledged that he made her uncomfortable as he took responsibility.
My statement— pic.twitter.com/WCyvxjjZo5
— Tom Reed (@TomReedCongress) March 21, 2021
“I apologize to Nicolette Davis. 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,” he said. “Simply put, my behavior caused her pain, showed her disrespect and was unprofessional. I was wrong, I am sorry, and I take full responsibility. I further apologize to my wife and kids, my family, the people of the 23rd District, my colleagues, and those who have supported me for the harm this caused them.”
The congressman said that at the time of this incident in 2017 he was an alcoholic.
“I want to share that this occurred at a time in my life in which I was struggling. Upon entering treatment in 2017, I recognized that I am powerless over alcohol,” he said. “I am now approaching four years of that personal lifelong journey of recovery. With the support of my wife, kids and loved ones, professional help, and trust in a higher power, I continue that journey day-by-day. This is in no way an excuse for anything I’ve done. 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.”
He said that he plans on continuing to make amends for what he did and encouraged others to seek help.
“I plan to dedicate my time and attention to making amends for my past actions,” the congressman said. “To others who may be struggling the way I have, please know that by seeking help your life will be forever changed in an extremely positive way. Though the journey is hard please know the rewards are amazing and you are worth it.”
“As I go forward,” he said. “I will strive to be a better human being, continue to fight for what I believe in, and to make people’s lives better in any way I can. I hope this formal apology is just the start.”
At least one New York official can take responsibility for their actions. Meanwhile Gov. Cuomo is hanging on to the reigns of power after an eight woman has come forward with damning accusations.
Alyssa McGrath, 33, who currently works in the governor’s office as an administrative assistant told The New York Times that Cuomo looked down her shirt, asked her about her marital status, and said she was beautiful in Italian.
She also said that the governor kissed her on the forehead and gripped he sides during a Christmas photo.