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Another Dem Rep is Accused of Sexual Harassment

The DCCC demanded Ruben Kihuen resign after BuzzFeed published the report.

By NTK Staff | 12.01.2017 @5:46pm
Another Dem Rep is Accused of Sexual Harassment

Rep. Ruben Kiheun (D-NV) stands accused of sexual harassment, bringing the total number of Congressional Democrats accused of of sexual misconduct to three, according to a BuzzFeed report:

A woman who worked as the finance director for a promising Nevada Democrat is alleging that he repeatedly harassed and made sexual advances toward her during his 2016 congressional campaign — and like many young people on campaigns all over the country, she did not know what to do with her complaint, and didn’t feel comfortable bringing it to the campaign’s leadership.

So she quit her job. And he’s now in Congress.

Samantha, whose last name BuzzFeed News is withholding at her request, began working for Rep. Ruben Kihuen early in his campaign to unseat Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy in December 2015 and quit by April 7, 2016. Starting in February of that year Samantha, who was 25 at the time, said Kihuen, who was then 35 and still competing in the primary race, propositioned her for dates and sex despite her repeated rejections. On two occasions, she says he touched her thighs without consent.

According to the report, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), the chief of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, called on Kihuen to resign in the wake of the scandal. Lujan’s organization controls massive funds used to elect Democrats to the House of Representatives, and his withdrawal of support will leave Kihuen adrift in a competitive district as the midterm elections approach.

This is the third allegation against a Congressional Democrat. Six women have alleged that Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) inappropriately touched them. And it was recently revealed that Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the longest serving member of the House, used taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment suits.

Neither Franken nor Conyers has stepped down at this time.

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