It’s Not Just Conyers and Franken — Third Democrat in Congress Just Got Accused of Sexual Harassment

On Friday, a third Democrat in Congress found himself accused of sexual misconduct.

The Democrat in question: Congressman Ruben Kihuen, who represents Nevada.

Kihuen’s former finance director, Samantha, said she was sexually harassed by Kihuen multiple times and that he tried to put his hands on her, too.

Samantha, whose last name was withheld at her request, shared her experiences with BuzzFeed News:

On Feb. 6, 2016, Samantha says she accompanied Kihuen to a fundraiser — a normal function of her job as finance director. As she attempted to leave when the event wrapped up, she says Kihuen walked her to her car.

“He followed me to my car and said, ‘You look really good, I’d like to take you out if you didn’t work for me,’” she recalled.

Samantha said she quickly stated that she had a boyfriend, got in her car, and left. The advances became more frequent and more aggressive after that, asking if she had ever “cheated on her boyfriend” and repeating that he would take her out if she did not work for him.

On Feb. 19, Samantha says she accompanied Kihuen to a meeting with Rep. Tony Cárdenas at the Aria Hotel. Cárdenas was in town to support presidential candidate Hillary Clinton ahead of the Nevada caucuses. Cárdenas’ office confirmed that he and his wife stayed in the hotel that weekend. In the elevator on the way to the meeting, Samantha said Kihuen told her, “We should get a hotel room here.”

“I said ‘no’ very firmly and he just laughed at me. It was humiliating,” she told BuzzFeed News.

In addition, there were two instances in which Kihuen allegedly attempted to touch her.

BuzzFeed News’s report continued:

Kihuen drove on the way back from the meeting to their campaign office, with Samantha in the passenger seat. Samantha said Kihuen again asked if she’d ever cheated on her boyfriend, and started touching her thigh. She told him to stop, and said she said “no” and began talking about her boyfriend.

A separate time, in March, Kihuen asked for help with something on the computer during “call time” — when a candidate makes fundraising calls — and Samantha alleges he grabbed the back of her thigh while she looked at the screen.

“I asked him what he was doing and he stopped.” Samantha left the campaign soon after.

Kihuen responded to the allegations in a statement, saying he doesn’t recall the events Samantha shared with the media.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called on Kihuen to resign from Congress following the allegations Friday.

Kihuen’s name joins Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) on the list of Democrats on Capitol Hill who have been accused of sexual misconduct.

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