Ethics committee investigating sexual harassment claims against Kihuen

Lester Mason
December 16, 2017

"18a.announcement.pdf">released Friday by the committee noted that it has opened an investigation into the Nevada congressman after members were made "aware of public allegations" that Kihuen "may have engaged in sexual harassment". His former finance director told Buzzfeed in a December 2 story that Kihuen repeatedly propositioned her for dates and sex during the 2016 congressional campaign, offers she rejected.

Kihuen has denied the allegations, and has so far refused to resign - despite House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging him to do so. This week, a lobbyist told the Nevada Independent that he touched her thighs and buttocks and made unwanted sexual advances while he was a state senator.

In a Facebook post, Farenthold denied allegations of sexual harassment by former staff members but admitted he allowed an unprofessional culture to flourish in his Capitol Hill office.

He later sent another statement which read, "during my ten years in the Legislature, I dated several different women".

She said that the suit was later dropped, but that the allegations were enough for the "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to decide not to support our promising campaign". But other Democrats have stopped short of calling for such drastic measures, including Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland.

Kihuen is among a growing number of lawmakers whose political careers have been thrust into uncertainty or ended altogether by allegations of sexual misconduct.

The House Ethics Committee announced Friday afternoon that it would investigate allegations that Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-NV) sexually harassed a campaign staffer during the 2016 election cycle.

In the latest turn, Republican Representative Blake Farenthold announced this week he would not seek re-election after accounts surfaced that he created a hostile work environment.

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