Rep. Kihuen announces he will not seek reelection

LAS VEGAS - Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen of Nevada announced on Saturday he will not seek reelection after allegations surfaced that he sexually harassed a former campaign aide and a lobbyist.

"The allegations that have surfaced would be a distraction from a fair and thorough discussion of the issues in a reelection campaign. Therefore, it is in the best interests of my family and my constituents to complete my term in Congress and not seek reelection," the congressman wrote in a statement. 

The announcement comes after the House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into the lawmaker. In Saturday's statement, Kihuen continued to deny the allegations. 

"I want to state clearly again that I deny the allegations in question. I am committed to fully cooperating with the House Ethics Committee and I look forward to clearing my name," Kihuen said.

The top House Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, called on Kihuen to resign. He resisted that call. He also apologized after the first allegation was made public, but said he didn't remember the events the former campaign aide had described.


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