Politics

Former Meehan Chief of Staff Resigns from Dunn’s Office

Comes after being named in ethics probe of his former boss

The former chief of staff to Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., resigned amid an ethics probe. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The chief of staff for Florida Rep. Neal Dunn has resigned amid being cited in a House Ethics Committee probe of his former boss Pennsylvania Rep. Pat Meehan.

The House Ethics Committee announced the creation of a subcommittee to investigate Brian Schubert and Meehan, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. Schubert previously worked for Meehan.

“It is Dr. Dunn’s policy that his office makes no statements regarding personnel issues,” Shelby Hodgkins, Dunn’s communications director, said.

A joint statement by Ethics Committee Chairwoman Susan Brooks of Indiana and ranking Democrat Ted Deutch of Florida said it will look into whether Meehan and Schubert “engaged in conduct that constitutes sexual harassment, retaliation, or misuse of official resources.” 

The probe comes after a New York Times report earlier in the year revealed that Meehan paid a former staffer thousands of dollars in taxpayer money after he sexually harassed her and she rejected his advances

The Pennsylvania Republican later admitted to saying to saying he and the former staffer were “soul mates.”

“I welcome a fair and impartial investigation of this matter and am confident that no wrongdoing will be found,” Meehan said in a statement.

Meehan announced later that he would not seek re-election

Bob Rackleff, the Democrat challenging Dunn in Florida’s 2nd District, criticized the congressman for not acting quicker and said if Dunn “were prudent he would have called Schubert in and asked what was your role in this.”

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