Rep. Ruben Kihuen, in the picture with then-Sen. Harry Reid in the last year, was elected to Congress to represent Nevada’s 4th congressional district.
(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., announced on Saturday, would be that he is not up for re-election in the Wake of multiple sexual harassment complaints against it.
“I want to be very clear again, that I deny the allegations in question,” Kihuen said in a statement. “But also the” freshman Congressman added that “the allegations that surfaced would be a distraction from a fair and thorough discussion of the problems in a re-election campaign.”
“Therefore,” Kihuen went on, “it is my family and my constituents is in the best interest of my term in Congress and is not up for re-election.”
The announcement of Kihuen, 37, came a day after the house ethics announced to the Commission that it had initiated an investigation of complaints of harassment against him.
Earlier this month, a former campaign aide accused Kihuen the he her for dates and sex, in spite of their repeated rejection during his 2016 campaign. This week, a lobbyist for the Nevada said Independently that he touched you, thighs and buttocks and made unwanted sexual advances while he was a state senator.
Shortly after Kihuen announced his retirement on Saturday, the Nevada Independent published accusations from another woman who claimed that he was “unwanted overtures, and asked overly personal questions from her” during his time in Congress.
The woman claims against Kihuen included allegations that he rubbed her back and repeatedly kissed her at a fundraising event last October. She said Kihuen asked her several times whether she had a boyfriend and once called it “one of the most beautiful girl he ever seen in DC”
“It’s just so disgusting,” the woman of the site told. “… [Y]ou you hold to a higher level and I think for good reason, and then — it’s not just disappointing, if you live up to it.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Kihuen has to resign, a request he has resisted. On Saturday, Kihuen said, that he is obliged to “cooperate fully with the house ethics Committee and look forward to clearing my name.”
Kihuen is a growing number of MPs whose political careers have been thrust into the uncertainty, or ended up in total by allegations of sexual misconduct.
On Thursday, Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, said he would not seek re-election amid sexual harassment allegations, which he has denied.
Last Week, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., in the quiet weeks after the former aide-de-camp stories of the ordinary sexual harassment. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced that he would resign after he was accused of inappropriate behavior by a break-at least eight women and his support of fellow Democrats.
In Dec. 8, Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., abruptly, two employees resigned over the revelations that he would have asked you to act as a Surrogate, the child, with a $5 million.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.