Updated: March 22, 2021 05:25 AM
Created: March 21, 2021 07:12 PM
CORNING, N.Y. (WHEC) — Congressman Tom Reed of New York's 23rd Congressional District has announced he will not seek public office in 2022 while apologizing for actions that led to accusations of sexual misconduct.
Although primarily focused on the counties that border Pennsylvania, Reed's district also includes areas in or near the Rochester area, including Seneca, Steuben, Yates, and parts of Ontario County.
The announcement comes after an accusation of sexual misconduct was reported on Friday in the Washington Post. In the announcement, Reed apologizes to the woman, Nicolette Davis, saying that his "personal depiction of this event is irrelevant" and that his behavior had caused her pain and disrespect.
Reed also says in his statement that at the time of the incident he was "powerless over alcohol", and that he has spent nearly four years working on a "personal lifelong journey of recovery". However, he says that that is no excuse for his actions and that he wants to take ownership and make amends, before going on to say that he hopes he can help anyone else dealing with addiction.
Although Reed had announced when he was first elected in 2010 that he would only serve six terms in office (12), he was considered a possible Republican Party candidate for governor. His announcement on Sunday closes that door.
The full statement can be read below:
In response to recent allegations regarding misconduct on a political trip to Minnesota in 2017, Reed stated:
“First, 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. In reflection, my personal depiction of this event is irrelevant. 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.
“Second, 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. 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.”
“Third, I plan to dedicate my time and attention to making amends for my past actions. In addition to apologizing to those I have impacted, including Ms. Davis, I will be seeking to help those wrestling with addiction in any way I can. 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, 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.”
Tom Reed further announced Sunday he will not be running for any elected office in 2022. When Reed was first elected to Congress in 2010, he pledged to voters to only serve six terms (12 years) and therefore will be retiring from public service on January 2nd, 2023.
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