January 24, 2018 News & Press Releases

Will Barbara Comstock Return Sexual Harasser Meehan’s Money?

by DPVA Press Office

Will Barbara Comstock keep sexual harasser Pat "Soul Mate" Meehan's money?

DPVA Chairwoman Swecker demands Comstock break silence and donate to charity the cash she received from PA Congressman who used tax dollars to silence harassed staffer

Richmond, VA - DPVA Chairwoman Susan Swecker called upon Congresswoman Barbara Comstock to donate to charity the thousands of dollars in campaign contributions she's received from Pennsylvania Congressman Pat Meehan, who used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment suit levied against him by a female staffer.

Meehan, who has admitted to "lashing out" at the staffer when he heard she had a boyfriend and smothering her with long, unwanted hugs, has defended his abusive activities by claiming the subordinate was his "soul mate" who "specifically invited" his unwanted advances.

Comstock, who just last month partnered with Meehan on "sexual harassment training" legislation, not only counts "Soul Mate" Meehan as a close political ally, but one of her most frequent campaign donors. "Soul Mate" Meehan has given Comstock money in all three of her congressional campaigns (including her currently troubled re-election effort) for a total of over $5,000.

Comstock, who claims to be a leader in the fight against sexual harassment, has been deafeningly silent since the news broke detailing her donor's predatory behavior. Comstock has not only refused to denounce "Soul Mate" Meehan, she has made no effort to return the thousands in campaign dollars he has lavished upon her over the years.

Chairwoman Swecker demanded that Comstock immediately denounce "Soul Mate" Meehan and donate any and all monies she received from him to a foundation that helps women who have suffered at the hands of men like Congressman Meehan.

"Barbara Comstock, who we already know is too scared to hold a town hall with her own constituents, today has shown she lacks the courage to call out sexual harassment when it's committed by a top political ally and campaign donor," the Chairwoman said. "Congressman Meehan used his power and influence to prey on one of his staffers and then silenced the staffer using taxpayer dollars. Congresswoman Comstock, who claims to be a champion for women, has been as quiet as a mouse when it comes to denouncing "Soul Mate" Meehan - who has given cash to every single one of her campaigns."

"I call on Congresswoman Comstock to immediately denounce "Soul Mate" Meehan and donate every penny he has given to her to a foundation that fights against workplace sexual harassment. I am more than happy to supply the Congresswoman with a list of organizations that do this work. Barbara Comstock has a simple choice: Is she for us or is she for Congressman Meehan? Is she against harassment or did she let the cash influence her? Is she in 2018 or is she back in 1958?"