The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is calling on a freshman House lawmaker considered a rising star in the party to resign his seat after allegations surfaced that he sexually harassed one of his campaign aides.
Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., was accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward his then-campaign finance director in an article published Friday by BuzzFeed. The woman, identified only as Samantha, told BuzzFeed that Kihuen propositioned her for dates and sex and twice touched her thighs without consent.
In a statement, DCCC Chairman Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., said politicians “guilty of sexual harassment or sexual assault … should not hold elected office.”
“Members and candidates must be held to the highest standard,” Luján stated. “Congresman Kihuen should resign.”
With these allegations, Kihuen becomes the latest figure on Capitol Hill whose political future is in doubt because of accusations of misconduct.
Kihuen, a protege of retired Senate majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., holds a seat previously represented by Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy.
Asked for a response to the BuzzFeed story, a spokesperson for Kihuen did not reply.