Former campaign finance director for Democratic congressman Ruben Kihuen claims she quit after he 'constantly harassed her and made sexual advances' during his run for office
- Samantha, 25, claims Rep. Ruben Kihuen sexually harassed her while she was working as the finance director for his campaign in 2016
- She alleges he would proposition her for sex telling her they should get a hotel room together, and inappropriately touched her on several occasions
- Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for Kihuen to resign on Friday night after speaking with him?
- Pelosi said the 'young woman's documented account is convincing' before calling for the congressman's resignation?
- Kihuen apologized Friday saying he was sorry for anything he said or did that made her uncomfortable
- Calls for his resignation have begun in the wake of the allegations made by the woman who is only being identified as Samantha ?
Nevada Congressman Ruben Kihuen has been accused of sexually harassing a 25-year-old woman who worked on his 2016 campaign.
The woman, who is only being identified as Samantha, was the finance director for Kihuen's congressional campaign, and began in February of that year. She alleges he made in inappropriate comments, tried to persuade her to be intimate with him, and inappropriately touched her on various occasions.?
By late Friday night Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for the congressman to resign, after she spoke with him in regards to the allegations.
Pelosi said?'The young woman's documented account is convincing.' Adding 'In light of these upsetting allegations, Congressman Kihuen should resign.'
A woman, who is only being identified as Samantha, alleges Nevada Rep.?Ruben Kihuen (pictured) sexually harassed her and inappropriately touched her on several occasions?
Samantha was the congressman's campaign finance director, and abruptly quit because of his alleged behavior?
On February 6, 2016, Samantha told Buzzfeed News?she accompanied Kihuen to a fundraiser. When the event wrapped she alleges?'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. She told him she has a boyfriend, got in her car and left.
Samantha joined him for a meeting a few weeks later in the elevator ride to the meeting with Rep. Tony Cárdenas on February 19, 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 says. However, she says, he persisted during the car ride back to their campaign office.
The 25-year-old says she was sitting in the passenger seat and Kihuen again asked if she ever cheated on her boyfriend.
She alleges he then started touching her thigh. She told him to stop, and said she said 'no' and began talking about her boyfriend.
In March, Kihuen asked for Samantha for help with something on the computer. She alleges he grabbed the back of her thigh while she was looking at the screen.?
'I asked him what he was doing and he stopped.' Samantha quit the campaign soon after.
The chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Kihuen should resign after hearing the allegations.?
Kihuen said on Friday, 'I sincerely apologize for anything that I may have said or done that made her feel uncomfortable.'?
Responding to these allegations, the chair of the Democratic Congressional?Campaign Committee (DCCC), Ben Ray Luján, said Kihuen should resign.??
'Members and candidates must be held to the highest standard. If anyone is guilty of sexual harassment or sexual assault, they should not hold elected office. Congressman Kihuen should resign,' he said Friday.?
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman has called for Kihuen to resign
Samantha says she didn't know who in the campaign she could report her allegations to, so she quit.
She says she did end up telling someone at the DCCC after quitting.
'I didn't know what they could do, but I felt like I had to let someone know,' she said.?
The DCCC staffer told Buzzfeed he didn't recall if Samantha had given him specifics, but he believed she did not want the DCCC to escalate it, he had spoken with another colleague about his conversation.
That staffer called Kihuen's campaign about the phone call, and spoke to Kihuen's campaign manager Dave Chase about Samantha's call after she had left the campaign.
Chase confirmed to BuzzFeed News that someone at the DCCC called to say that the woman had quit because she felt 'uncomfortable' around Kihuen, but he was not aware of the specifics of the allegations.?
He says he confronted Kihuen, who denied that anything improper had occurred.
In a full statement from his congressional office Friday, Kihuen said, 'The staff member in question was a valued member of my team. I sincerely apologize for anything that I may have said or done that made her feel uncomfortable. I take this matter seriously as it is not indicative of who I am. I was raised in a strong family that taught me to treat women with the utmost dignity and respect. I have spent my fifteen years in public service fighting for women's equality, and I will continue to do so.'?
Chase, the former campaign manager, said that he was 'deeply disappointed and heartbroken by Ruben's actions.'
'I believe Samantha and wish I had known her specific allegations when I confronted Ruben after she left the campaign or in time to stop what took place,' he said.?
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