Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen Won’t Seek Re-election After Sexual Harassment Allegations

Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D., Nev.), shown at a Nov. 1 news conference, has been accused by two women of unwanted sexual advances. PHOTO: BILL CLARK/ZUMA PRESS

Facing allegations of sexual harassment and calls to resign, Nevada Democrat Rep. Ruben Kihuen said Saturday he wouldn’t run for a second term next year.

Mr. Kihuen is the sixth lawmaker to announce he will leave Congress after facing allegations of sexual misconduct. Mr. Kihuen, a Democrat, denies harassment occurred but said in a statement that the accusations would distract from a campaign.

Two women have accused Mr. Kihuen of unwanted sexual advances. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) has called on him to resign, and the House Ethics Committee said Friday it would start an investigation into the allegations.

“I want to state clearly again that I deny the allegations in question,” Mr. Kihuen said in Saturday’s statement. “However, the allegations that have surfaced would be a distraction from a fair and thorough discussion of the issues in a re-election campaign.”

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SOURCE: Wall Street Journal, Natalie Andrews