As recently as March 2021, Reed was a frontrunner for the GOP nomination in the 2022 gubernatorial race. But after facing allegations of sexual misconduct, he announced he would soon end his political career.
Punchbowl News reported that Reed joins the lobbying firm Prime Policy Group.
Reed’s resignation comes a week after Representative Antonio Delgado announced his intention to step down to become Governor Kathy Hochul’s lieutenant governor.
Under a law signed into law in 2021, governors are now required to call special elections whenever a member of Congress leaves office before July 1 of an election year. They have 10 days to issue a proclamation calling a contest to be held 70 to 80 days later.
If Hochul receives official notification of Reed’s departure on Wednesday, that would put the date of a special for his seat somewhere between July 20 and August 8. New York is currently set to hold some of its primaries on June 28, and others — including those in the 26 congressional seats that have yet to be redrawn — on August 23.
Delgado has yet to announce a departure date, but it should happen “by the end of the month,” Hochul’s office said.
If that date falls on May 25 or later, the special for his seat could be held to coincide with the August primary.
The Hudson Valley district of Delgado and the southern seat of Reed face an uncertain future as new maps are drawn in Steuben County (which, coincidentally, is part of the Reed District).
After much of GOP Rep. Claudia Tenneywas merged with Delgado’s in lines drawn by Democrats earlier this year, she announced her intention to run for the seat vacated by Reed. But there’s still a chance Tenney’s seat will survive the process that began after the courts overturned Democratic lines.
In his brief speech to the House, Reed warned of “extremism” in the country’s politics.
“It’s time to put an end to petty political posturing,” he said.