Calls for Dem Lawmaker to Resign Over New Allegations

Former aide says Rep. Kihuen sexually harassed her in 2016
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2017 5:44 PM CST
Calls for Dem Lawmaker to Resign Over New Allegations
Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen of Nevada, seen here in 2016, has been accused of sexually harassing his campaign's finance director.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen,File)

Another Democratic lawmaker is facing calls to resign after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced. A woman who served as Ruben Kihuen's finance director during his 2016 campaign tells BuzzFeed the representative from Nevada repeatedly asked her for dates and sex despite her constant rejections. The woman, who was 25 at the time, says Kihuen asked her if she ever "cheated" on her boyfriend, said he would want to date her if she didn't work for him, talked to her about getting a hotel room, and grabbed her thighs twice without her consent. She says the experience "was humiliating" and she quit the campaign after four months because she didn't know what to do about the situation.

A former staffer at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says he recalls a conversation in which the woman told him she was "uncomfortable" around Kihuen. And Kihuen's former campaign manager says he heard from the DCCC that the woman was "uncomfortable." The head of the DCCC, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have both issued statements calling on Kihuen to resign, NBC News reports. "If anyone is guilty of sexual harassment or sexual assault, they should not hold elected office," Lujan said. The chairman of the Nevada Republican Party is also calling on Kihuen to step down, according to the Reno Gazette Journal. Kihuen, who has not addressed calls to resign, says he doesn't remember the incidents described by the woman but apologizes "for anything that I may have said or done that made her feel uncomfortable." (More sexual misconduct stories.)

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