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Did Harry Reid Know About Ruben Kihuen’s Sexual Harassing Past?

“There’s some consternation about Reid and his backing for Ruben, and what people around Reid knew about this sort of behavior,” one operative told Roll Call.

By NTK Staff | 12.05.2017 @1:00pm

Last week, BuzzFeed News blew the lid off of a story regarding a woman who worked for Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-NV) and accused the first-term congressman of sexual harassment.

For his part, Kihuen put out a statement saying, “I sincerely apologize for anything that I may have said or done that made her feel uncomfortable.”

But so far, he is refusing to step down, despite calls from members of his party, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Who do Democrats have to thank for Kihuen? None other than retired Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV). According to CNN, Kihuen worked for Reid and calls him a mentor and friend:

Kihuen, who previously worked for Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid, was Reid’s pick to challenge incumbent Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy in the 2016 election. Kihuen has described Reid as a mentor and a friend.

Prior to endorsing Kihuen’s bid for Congress last cycle, Reid lavished praise on Kihuen during a 2015 press conference:

REID: “No one, and I mean no one, has worked harder for me than Ruben. There isn’t a place that I asked him to go that he wasn’t there. There are places I didn’t ask him to go, he was there. No one campaigned harder for me than Ruben Kihuen. He’s my friend, and I don’t need to say much more about that.”

But now Kihuen’s career is in jeopardy. And where is Reid? He’s remained silent, declining through a spokesman to comment on the accusations against his protégé Kihuen.

Is Reid’s silence an indication that he knew about Kihuen’s behavior prior to the BuzzFeed story’s publication? Democrats in Nevada are openly speculating:

But two Democratic operatives said some in Nevada are questioning Reid’s role in supporting Kihuen in the Democratic primary and aiding his campaign. Kihuen is a former Reid aide.

“There’s some consternation about Reid and his backing for Ruben, and what people around Reid knew about this sort of behavior,” said one operative.

Reid so far has been quiet on the allegations. But one Democrat said his word could seal Kihuen’s fate.

“The sense that everybody has is once Reid tells him, ‘You’re done,’ then he’s going to have nowhere to go,” said the Democrat.

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