Upstate Republican Rep. Tom Reed resigned from Congress Tuesday, simply over one yr after he apologized following allegations that he molested a feminine lobbyist in 2017.
Reed had already introduced that he wouldn’t search reelection within the fall, however revealed Tuesday that he was transferring up his departure date by seven months.
“After virtually 12 years in Congress, in the present day is my final day,” Reed, 50, introduced on the Home flooring.
“It has been an honor to serve with you all from each events,” he added. “I really like this establishment, because it nonetheless exemplifies what’s finest about our authorities. We’re the Individuals’s Home.
“Whereas I’m proud that we put folks earlier than politics, there’s rather more to do,” Reed went on. “I’m leaving to proceed that work and hope to have a higher influence on our nation.”
Reed’s workplace confirmed to reporters that he would be part of the DC-based authorities affairs and public relations agency Prime Coverage Group.
The lawmaker went on to quote Abraham Lincoln’s 1858 comment that “a home divided towards itself can not stand,” a warning Reed mentioned was made extra pressing by what he known as the “present give attention to extremism.”
“However I add — a home united is not going to fail. It’s time for petty political posturing to finish,” Reed mentioned. “Management should emerge, and in God I belief. His divine safety will prolong once more if solely we acknowledge and settle for His love and the divine spark that exists in every of us as residents of our nice nation.”
In concluding, Reed thanked the voters of New York’s twenty third Congressional District for “giving a rustic lawyer, the youngest of twelve, raised by a single mom, whose father handed away once I was simply two years outdated, the distinction of representing you on the highest degree. Solely in America can such a dream come true.
“So, I humbly bid farewell and submit my resignation as a Member of the Home, and I want you all Godspeed!”
In March 2021, Reed apologized to Nicolette Davis – who claimed to the Washington Put up that the Republican made undesirable sexual advances in the direction of her at a Minneapolis bar 4 years prior.
“Merely put, my habits precipitated her ache, confirmed her disrespect and was unprofessional. I used to be unsuitable, I’m sorry, and I take full accountability,” he mentioned in an announcement.
Reed joins 18 different Home Republicans who’ve selected to not contest their seats on this yr’s midterm elections later this yr. On the Democratic facet, 32 Home members usually are not looking for reelection.
Early polling has given the GOP the sting over Democrats headed into the election, with Reed’s seat anticipated to remain in Republican fingers.
In 2020, Reed gained a sixth time period with 57.7% of the vote, outperforming former President Donald Trump’s complete within the district.