Prominent liberal state senator ends congressional bid

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 25, 2018 11:47 AM

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Pennsylvania state Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, gets a hug in the Pennsylvania Capitol from a supporter of medical marijuana legislation after the state House of Representatives voted to send the bill to Gov. Tom Wolf's desk, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Harrisburg, Pa. Leach was an original and vocal supporter of the legislation.

(Philadelphia) -- A state senator who was the subject of allegations that he behaved inappropriately toward female employees and campaign aides has announced he is ending his stalled congressional bid.

Senator Daylin Leach had announced in December he would ``step back'' from his campaign after the allegations were published by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

In a Facebook post Saturday night, Leach cited attacks on his family but also said ``how unappealing Congress has become.'' He said he would instead remain in the state Senate.

He's a lawyer and has been a Democratic state lawmaker since 2003.

Leach has been among the Legislature's most prominent liberals, leading the fight for the legalization of same-sex marriage and medical marijuana.

He also ran unsuccessfully for another congressional seat in 2014.

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