Calls for the Resignation of Nevada’s First Latino Member Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations


The list of high-powered men who have been called out for sexual harassment allegations continues to grow on Capitol Hill.

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Last week Buzzfeed reported that a woman, disclosed only by her first name, Samantha, quit her job as finance director from Ruben Kihuen’s 2016 congressional campaign because of repeated unsolicited requests for dates and sex.

The 25-year-old woman confided with another campaign staffer during that time that her reason for quitting abruptly was because Kihuen made her feel “uncomfortable.” On two occasions he had touched her thighs without consent. Samantha showed Buzzfeed screenshots of the texts she sent her friend of then, 35-year-old promising Nevada Democrat, saying “creepy things to me sometimes.” On March 10, 2016, a month before she quit she told the friend that Kihuen had asked her weird questions, such as if she had ever cheated on her boyfriend. The friend replied that Kihuen had “crossed way over the line in to law suit teratorye [sic]” and encouraged her to look for other work.

Samantha ended up quitting in April and Kihuen is now a U.S. Representative serving Nevada’s 4th congressional district.

House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi has called for Kihuen’s resignation saying, “In Congress, no one should face sexual harassment in order to work in an office or in a campaign. The young woman’s documented account is convincing, and I commend her for the courage it took to come forward.” Pelosi went on to say, "In light of these upsetting allegations, Congressman Kihuen should resign.”

In regards to these allegations, Kihuen has responded by saying, “The staff member in question was a valued member of my team. I sincerely apologize for anything that I may have said or done that made her feel uncomfortable. I take this matter seriously as it is not indicative of who I am. I was raised in a strong family that taught me to treat women with the utmost dignity and respect. I have spent my fifteen years in public service fighting for women’s equality, and I will continue to do so.” In a second follow up statement, he also said he wanted to “make it clear that I don’t recall any of the circumstances.”

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He told CNN in the video below that he is "definitely not resigning."