Course He Paid Huge Settlement with Taxpayer Money
The situation of Congressman Pat Meehan (R, Pa) is especially disturbing. The Congressman is, or was a member of the House Ethics Committee. He was accused of sexual harassment by a member of his staff and he settled the case by paying her with taxpayer money. He never disclosed this.
Now the jerk is whining about how hard this has been for him.
WASHINGTON — 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.
And what else happened? Oh, this.
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.”
Now people that have done nothing wrong don't do this.
The New York Times reported that Mr. Meehan, 62, a married father of three, had entered into a confidential agreement to settle the complaint brought by the aide, who is decades his junior. She left the office after filing a complaint alleging that Mr. Meehan became hostile after she rebuffed his romantic overtures, sources familiar with the situation told The Times.
And yes, that settlement was done with his government paid office funds. But maybe this is just a characteristic of Republicans, paying money when they did nothing wrong. After all Donnie paid over $100,000 to a woman not to disclose a relationship that he did not have. So why pay? Well these are just generous people.