Lucy Flores On Kihuen, Harassment And Why She Speaks Out

Elias Hubbard
December 7, 2017

Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen of Nevada responded to calls for him to step down amid sexual misconduct allegations by vowing not to resign. "They went out there and campaigned for me", he added, speaking outside of his office on Capitol Hill.

BuzzFeed first reported Friday that a former Kihuen campaign staffer accused the congressman of asking her for dates and sex "despite her repeated rejections". "I take this matter seriously as it is not indicative of who I am, but I want to make it clear that I don't recall any of the circumstances she described", Kihuen said in his statement.

Kihuen asserted in an ABC News interview that party leaders knew past year about the woman's allegations of sexual misconduct, but did not take action against his campaign.

Both Pelosi and Democratic Rep. Lujan of New Mexico have called for Kihuen's resignation following the allegation and denied having prior knowledge of the allegations from BuzzFeed News' report, ABC News said. "I plan on continuing the job that I was elected to do by the people of the 4th congressional district", he said. Al Franken to resign. Ben Ray Luj-n, the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, have both called for Kihuen to resign.

Since its creation in 1976, the group has been a strong voice on issues affecting the Hispanic community.

"The staff member in question was a valued member of my team", Kihuen said in a statement following the initial BuzzFeed report.

Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton slammed Pelosi's response to sexual harassment allegations against Rep. John Conyers and called for her to step down.

"It is the position of the CHC that those responsible for sexual harassment or sexual assault must be held accountable". As elected officials, we must adhere to the strictest and highest standards, regardless of political party, elected office, or seniority.

Asked about his plans for next year's midterm elections, Kihuen would only say that he wasn't stepping aside in the near future. "The CHC is committed to being a part of the solution, which ensures that our workplaces are safe, professional, and treat all employees with dignity and respect". He has served in Congress since 1965.

"I sincerely apologize for anything that I may have said or done that made her feel uncomfortable", Kihuen said.

The freshman Democrat's insistence he will remain in the House comes on the same day a flood of Senate Democrats called on Minnesota Democratic Sen. "So again I'm not looking to resign".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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