Kihuen won't seek re-election amid sexual harassment allegations

Second accuser prompts call for Nevada congressman to go

U.S. Rep. Ruben Kihuen announced on Saturday that he will not seek re-election, becoming the latest member of Congress to end his legislative career in the face of sexual harassment allegations.

"The Committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Ruben Kihuen may have engaged in sexual harassment", Brooks and Deutch said in their statement. Kihuen also apologized after the first allegation was made public, but said he didn't remember the events the way the former campaign aide had described. This Wednesday a second accuser, a lobbyist in Nevada, came forward and alleged Kihuen had made similar persistent, unwanted advances toward her. The lobbyist said the two never dated.

In a statement, Kihuen reiterated that he had done nothing wrong and said he looked forward to being cleared of any allegations of sexual misconduct.

The House Ethics Committee said this week it would investigate after three other women accused Kihuen of inappropriate contact and unwanted sexual advances.

"Due process and the presumption of innocence are bedrock legal principles which have guided our nation for centuries, and they should not be lost to unsubstantiated hearsay and innuendo", Kihuen said in his statement.

Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold also said this week that he would not seek re-election after accounts surfaced that he created a hostile work environment.

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Farenthold made the decision one day after the Ethics Committee announced it would seat a subcommittee to review sexual harassment charges against him.

And Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., the longest-serving member of Congress, recently retired following allegations he sexually harassed multiple women.

In the aftermath of the BuzzFeed News report, there had been swift calls for the freshman Democrat to step down: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Luján called for his resignation when presented with the details of the article and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Kihuen should resign several hours later, but he refused to do so. He asked me if I live by myself, he asked me about my roommate, he told me he lives by himself, he asked where my apartment is, he asked me again how old I am, he asked me again if I don't have a boyfriend and then he told me I'm one of the most handsome girls he's ever seen in D.C., and I said "that's a low bar, '" said the woman, who worked at a Washington DC firm linked to his campaign. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the panel should review the allegations.

Kihuen, once a rising star of the Democratic Party, allegedly texted her to ask, "What color are your panties?"

The support and encouragement of my constituents provides me with the strength and guidance to represent Nevada to the best of my abilities.

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