Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen of Nevada responded to calls for him to step down amid sexual misconduct allegations by vowing not to resign. "They went out there and campaigned for me". The report cited a former campaign staffer who said Kihuen made inappropriate advances.
Although Kihuen said he is not resigning, it is not clear if Kihuen will run for re-election.
"I do find it interesting that the [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee], Leader [Nancy] Pelosi and Chairman Ben Ray Lujan - they knew about these allegations past year", Kihuen said, according to ABC News on Tuesday.
Representatives for both the DCCC and Pelosi told ABC Kihuen's account was false, and that they learned of the allegations last week, when Buzzfeed first reported them. "I plan on continuing the job that I was elected to do by the people of the 4th congressional district". Al Franken to resign. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), who leads the House Democrats' campaign arm, have called on Kihuen to step down. She also said he touched her thighs twice without her consent. He was first elected to the state Assembly in 2006, serving two terms before winning election to the state senate in 2010.
Spokespersons for Lujan and Pelosi denied Kihuen's statements, even though campaign records show the DCCC invested $3 million in Kihuen's congressional race in 2016.
The statement, spurred by a spate of sexual harassment allegations, will call for an improved process, more transparency, protecting victims and a speedy due process for the accused, according to Grijalva.
At first, the freshman Congressman said he wouldn't step down and has apologized for "anything that I may have said or done that made her feel uncomfortable".
Chief of Staff Peter Koltak sent out the resumes of most of the staffers in Kihuen's D.C. office to other Democratic offices on Tuesday, according to an email obtained by Politico. I was raised in a strong family that taught me to treat women with the utmost dignity and respect.
He said that the transgression happened outside the Capitol, so he believes the issue should be settled by the "legal channels available to the victim". "If he is going to make a decision to resign, he should say so". The email said Koltak was "hoping to place them all here pretty quickly in other offices" and asked for help in making connections for any openings.
Another Democrat congressman is calling on a resignation as well - Pelosi's.