Woman claims Rep. Kihuen made repeated unwanted propositions

LAS VEGAS - A woman who worked on Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen's campaign last year claims she left her job because of repeated unwanted propositions for dates and sex, according to a story in BuzzFeed News.

Samantha, whose last name wasn't published by BuzzFeed News at her request, says Kihuen repeatedly harassed her -- despite her rejections -- during his 2016 congressional bid and she didn't want to take her complaint to the campaign leadership so she quit.

She had worked on the campaign for around four months.

The Democratic representative is apologizing for anything that made the 25-year-old, who worked as his finance director, feel uncomfortable.

Kihuen indicates in a statement released by his office that he's prepared to stay on. He says he was raised in a strong family that taught him to treat women with the upmost dignity and respect.

He says, "I have spent my fifteen years in public service fighting for women's equality, and I will continue to do so."

Nevada State Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II released the following statement in response to news of a sexual harassment allegation against Congressman Ruben Kihuen:

“The Nevada State Democratic Party commends Samantha for having the courage to share her story. A zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment means holding our leaders accountable for reports of inappropriate conduct. We are disappointed in these allegations against Congressman Kihuen and support an investigation into his behavior. There are no excuses and there is no place for this behavior in our party. We need to establish a culture where women feel comfortable coming forward to tell their stories and knowing action will be taken. As a party dedicated to fighting for the equal rights of women, we all have a responsibility to do more to root out and prevent sexual harassment.”

The Nevada State Democratic Party will require that all staff, campaign staff, and candidates involved in the party’s coordinated campaign effort attend training on sexual harassment and appropriate workplace conduct.

The Associated Press reported late Friday night that House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen should resign amid sexual misconduct allegation.

 


More Stories

Don't Miss

  • #OurPain
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Links we Mentioned
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Community Calendar
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Community Pride
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Red Cross Everyday Heroes

Trending Stories

Latest News

Video Center