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Meehan still running for re-election despite harassment settlement

Sen. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., center, attends a campaign event.
Sen. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., center, attends a campaign event. Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call

Rep. Patrick Meehan told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday that he was still running for re-election, despite news that he reached a settlement with an aide who accused him of sexual harassment.

Why it matters: The GOP congressman, who is on the Ethics committee, settled the claim with taxpayer dollars. Per the Inquirer, he thought of the aide as "a soul mate," and that he was "struggling to make sure that I would never put that into our professional relationship."