Rep. Ruben Kihuen Won’t Seek Re-Election Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations
Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-NV) announced on Saturday that he will not seek re-election to the House of Representatives next year. Kihuen, a freshman lawmaker who was considered a rising star in Democratic politics, stands accused of sexual harassment from a former campaign staffer and a lobbyist. “I want to state clearly again that I deny the allegations in question,” Kihuen, 37, said in a statement. “However, the allegations that have surfaced would be a distraction from a fair and thorough discussion of the issues in a reelection campaign.” The House Ethics Committee previously said it was opening up an probe into the allegations against Kihuen.