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Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen Not Seeking Re-election Amid Sexual Allegations

Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen Not Seeking Re-election Amid Sexual Allegations

Rep. Ruben Kihuen. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) 

By    |   Saturday, 16 December 2017 08:18 PM

Rep. Ruben Kihuen said Saturday he would not seek re-election to a second term amid allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior with women.

"I want to state clearly again that I deny the allegations in question," the Nevada Democrat, 37, said in a statement to The Las Vegas Review-Journal. "I am committed to fully cooperating with the House Ethics Committee and look forward to clearing my name."

The ethics panel said Friday that it would probe the assault allegations against Kihuen — and top Democratic leaders have also called for his resignation.

Kihuen, who was elected last year, told the Review-Journal that the accusations would make for a distraction during a re-election bid.

"Therefore, it is in the best interests of my family and my constituents to complete my term in Congress and not seek re-election," he said.

Kihuen is among several legislators from both parties in recent weeks who have resigned or have said they would retire amid sexual assault allegations.

In its announcement Friday, the House Ethics Committee said that it had "begun an investigation and will gather additional information regarding the allegations.

"The mere fact that it is investigating these allegations, and publicly disclosing its review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the committee."

Kihuen said in his statement that he would cooperate with the inquiry.

"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.

BuzzFeed News reported Dec. 1 that a former Kihuen campaign finance aide quit in 2016 after the congressman made unwanted advances and touched her inappropriately.

In addition, a second woman, who worked as a lobbyist in Carson City when Kihuen was a state senator, came forward Wednesday with similar allegations, The Nevada Independent reported.

In saying that he would finish out his term, Kihuen told the Review-Journal that support from his constituents gave him strength "to represent Nevada to the best of my abilities."

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