New York Republican Republican Tom Reed is accused by a former lobbyist of getting her drunk, unhooking her bra and pulling his hand up in an Irish bar in an Irish bar after an ice fishing trip in Minnesota in 2017, ‘a new report unveiled Friday.
The indictment against Reed by current US Army Lieutenant Nicolette Davis as outlined by The Washington Post comes as Reed – co-chair of the so-called dual Problem Solvers Caucus in Congress – is considering running for governor of New York next year.
Current governor Andrew Cuomo is accused by more than half a dozen women, including a current staff member, of sexually harassing them or otherwise touching or talking improperly with them.
And Reed – who denied Davis’ version as’ inaccurate ‘, was among those who vehemently criticized Cuomo and demanded that the Democratic governor resign or be arrested.
The congressman, who represents the 23rd district in New York, has for years been an advocate for women who have alleged sexual assault and misconduct.
“These incidents of sexual harassment and pattern of abuse are heinous and have absolutely no place in our society, let alone of the highest governmental equipment. Such behavior is disturbing and unacceptable,” Reed said last month about Cuomo.
Cuomo denied that he had acted improperly towards women and refused to resign despite calls from the leading Democrats that he do so.
A spokesman for Aflac, the insurance company that hired Davis as a lobbyist at the time of the incident, told OilGasJobz: “Aflac takes these allegations very seriously and, above all, values the safety, security and dignity of our employees.”
“When this matter was reported to senior leadership and colleagues who were not at the event, we immediately provided Nicolette with support and advice, which enabled her to personally determine how she wanted to go about this deeply disturbing to bring experience, the spokesman said.
“Nicolette still has 100% support from Aflac, as we strongly condemn any form of abuse or harassment.”
Davis told The Post she was 25 in 2017 when she felt the then 45-year-old Reed’s hand on her back as she sat next to him in a bar in Minneapolis, after an ice fishing event and related activities that benefited . the campaign committee of the then Rep. Erik Paulsen, a Minnesota Republican.
She told the newspaper that Reed appeared drunk during the fishing event, and that he slipped and fell on the ice.
Later, while sitting next to him at dinner, she told The Post Reed’s hands began to wander.
“A drunken congressman is rubbing my back,” Davis said, sending a text message to a staff member that evening. “HELP HELP.”
The Post reports that Davis said she was frozen in fear, but asked a person sitting to her right to help. That man pulls Reed off the table and takes him outside the bar, she told the newspaper.
“Davis’ report on Reed’s actions in 2017 was supported by someone who was at the table that evening,” reports The Post.
“The person told The Post that Reed was visibly intoxicated and put his hand on Davis’ back before being escorted out of the restaurant while the rest of the group stayed behind. The person spoke on condition of anonymity and mentioned the potential career consequences. . “
The newspaper also quotes the woman Davis sent from the bar, Jessica Strieter Elting. Strieter Elting manages the political business team for Aflac in Washington.
Brad Knox, a senior vice president of Aflac, who was a board member of the company at the time, told The Post that he remembers Davis telling him that Reed drank an article from her clothes and undressed.
“I felt like crying because no one had to submit to it, especially a new young lobbyist,” Knox told the newspaper.
Reed’s office issued a statement to OilGasJobz: “This version of my actions is inaccurate,” Reed said of Davis’ allegations. Reed also said: “I stand by my record” to vote on women’s issues.
Davis did not immediately respond to a request for comment from OilGasJobz.
A spokesman for the House’s minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Did not immediately respond to a request for comment.