New York Republican Tom Reed abruptly resigned from the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The lawmaker had already said he would retire after he was accused of sexual misconduct in March 2021, Breitbart reported.
“After almost 12 years in Congress, today is my last day,” Reed said from the House floor.
Reed had floated running for governor of New York before a lobbyist accused him of harassment, torpedoing his career.
The Republican apologized for the incident, which he blamed on alcohol addiction, and said he would not seek re-election in 2022.
“I am sorry, and 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,” Reed said.
“My most profound appreciation is for the people of Western New York. Thank you for giving a country lawyer, the youngest of 12, raised by a single mother whose father passed away when he was only two, the honor of representing you at the highest level. Only in America can such a dream come true,” he said.
Reed has represented the solidly Republican 23rd district in New York’s Southern Tier since 2010.
A moderate, Reed voted for the Democratic party’s radical Equality Act, which would make LGBT groups into protected classes under civil rights law, as well as Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) Jan. 6 commission.
Reed was also one of six House Republicans who floated a motion censuring Trump for the Capitol “insurrection,” and in a New York Times op-ed he suggested that Trump should be banned from seeking office ever again.
It appears Reed is making his way through the proverbial “revolving door” as he moves on to work at a lobbying firm called Prime Policy Group.
His resignation triggers a special election. It is unclear what will happen with Reed’s district as New York’s congressional map is currently being redrawn by a court-appointed expert. A Democrat-proposed map was rejected for extreme gerrymandering.