Pat Meehan

Rep. Elizabeth Esty says she won't seek reelection amid scrutiny of chief of staff's departure

Yielding to pressure, Rep. Elizabeth Esty announced Monday that she will not seek reelection following reports that it took her three months to dismiss her chief of staff after he threatened to kill a former colleague.

Esty, D-Conn., who was first elected to the House in 2012, came under fire on Thursday after The Washington Post and other news outlets reported allegations that the chief of staff, Tony Baker, had repeatedly harassed and on one occasion punched a subordinate, Anna Kain, while the two worked in Esty's office.

In a statement, the lawmaker said it was right for her to bow out of the next election.

"I have determined that it is in the best interest of my...