Democratic Congressman Ruben Kihuen of Nevada is being pressured to resign by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi following a news story recently published in BuzzFeed. Following Pelosi’s call for his resignation, Kihuen went on record, saying Pelosi knew about the sexual harassment allegations against him since 2016, before he got elected.
Kihuen’s former campaign finance director is accusing the freshman lawmaker of inappropriately touching her and pressuring her to have sex with him while on the campaign trail last year. Kihuen continues to deny the allegations and vows he will not resign.
And though saying he didn’t sexually harass the former campaign staffer, Kihuen still apologized for his behavior in a statement, which reads in part: “ I sincerely apologize for anything that I may have said or done that made her feel uncomfortable.”
In an interview with ABC News, Kihuen questioned ‘why now.’
“I do find it interesting that the DCCC, Leader [Nancy] Pelosi and Chairman Ben Ray Lujan — they knew about these allegations last year. They looked into them. They didn’t find anything, and they continued investing millions of dollars in my campaign. They went out there and campaigned for me.”
As for Pelosi, she denies knowing about the allegations and claims she only learned of the allegations. She also says that she believes Kihuen’s accuser.
Campaign records from 2016 show the DCCC invested $3 million in Kihuen’s race. The DCCC is already draining financial support for any future campaigns including removing him from a 2018 fundraising program designed to support incumbent Democrat representatives.
Kihuen spoke out against Pelosi on the same day that Michigan Democratic Congressman John Conyers, announced he would “retire today” amid allegations of sexual harassment by former members of his staff. Pelosi also called on Conyers to resign over the allegations.