The number of congressmen being sunk by sex scandal has grown by one more.
The latest lawmaker to bail from the 2018 midterm election is Rep. Pat Meehan, a Pennsylvania Republican. Meehan had been the subject of a lot of chatter about a sexual harassment complaint that a former staffer filed against him.
Meehan said he talked it over with his wife and children and decided against seeking another term this year.
So it goes. There have been other members of Congress who have bailed. They include senators and House members of both political parties.
It’s the “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movements together that have heightened our awareness of this systemic problem.
In Meehan’s case, there might be other concerns, too, that prompted his decision to forgo another re-election campaign. He represents a congressional district that Hillary Rodham Clinton carried in the 2016 presidential election. Might there have been something other than a sexual harassment complaint that came into play?
Some commentators have predicted a thundering herd of politicians heading for the exits as more women come forward with complaints. It appears they are correct.