Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., announced Saturday that he would not seek re-election in the wake of multiple sexual harassment allegations against him. A fourth woman has now accused Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.) of unwanted overtures, The Nevada Independent reported, after the freshman lawmaker announced he would not seek reelection.
According to the Independent: “The woman, who asked not to be identified because she fears it could jeopardize her future career prospects, is the fourth to come forward with accounts of unwanted advances from the 37-year-old Democratic lawmaker and the first to publicly describe interactions that happened after he was elected to Congress. The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it would open an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against Kihuen; the congressman said he welcomed a chance to clear his name, although he announced on Saturday that he would not seek re-election because he claimed allegations would distract from running a campaign.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has called on Kihuen to resign, a request he has resisted.
Kihuen is among a growing number of lawmakers whose political careers have been thrust into uncertainty or ended altogether by allegations of sexual misconduct.
Sources who worked with Kihuen in the Legislature told the Las Vegas Review-Journal they are not shocked at the allegations, as Kihuen had developed a reputation as a playboy during his time in Carson City. But those people said they believed all relationships and interactions Kihuen had with women were mutual.
Many in the Las Vegas area are calling on him to resign immediately, and allow someone else to take his seat.
Indictment: Russians Influenced Minorities To Vote For Bernie Sanders or Not Vote
Hidden in the indictment of the 13 Russian Nationals is a point that may go unnoticed. The indictment says that, among other things, the group of Russian Nations “through their organization began to encourage US Minority Groups not to vote” or to “vote for third party candidates.”
They had used Facebook to buy ads that backed Bernie Sanders and his platform even after his presidential campaign had ended, according to a person with knowledge of the ads. They even created a coloring book ad on Facebook called “Buff Bernie,” filled with “very attractive doodles of Bernie Sanders in muscle poses.”
It added that “I’ve recently heard some hateful comments from the Hillary supporters about Bernie Sanders and his supporters” — language aimed at stirring up the kinds of intra-party divisions that would later flare after the first release of Russian-hacked Democratic Party documents during the summer of 2016.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wants to Ban Police Having Sex with Prisoners
One would assume that this was already illegal, but it turns out in the State of New York police can bang their prisoners. Under a new proposal New York state would make it illegal for police officers to have sex with people in their custody.
Current law bars sex between correctional officers and inmates, but it doesn’t apply to police and people in their custody. In theory, Police Officers can legally go into a cell and have sex with a prisoners.
“There must be zero tolerance for sexual abuse and harassment across the board, and especially among those in positions of authority,” the Democratic governor said in a statement announcing his support. “This common sense reform closes an egregious loophole and helps protect against abuse in our justice system.”
The effort comes after two New York City police detectives were charged with handcuffing and then sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman in Brooklyn last fall.
Another Republican Loses in Heavily GOP District
A small swath of southwest Florida captured the attention of the country Tuesday night as Democrats and Republicans battled over a lowly state House seat in a symbolic struggle over the country’s political future.
By night’s end, Democrat Margaret Good had waltzed into Trump territory and trounced James Buchanan, the son of a GOP congressman, to take the special election for Florida’s House District 72. But the ballot might as well have read Republicans vs. the Blue Wave.
Despite the low literal stakes of the election — a nine-month term in a chamber of the Florida Legislature where Republicans hold a near super-majority — Republicans and Democrats treated the Sarasota district like a proxy for the midterm congressional elections.
Democratic donors from as far away as California cut checks to Good, an attorney, and former Vice President Joe Biden recorded a robo-call for her. For the Republicans, Gov. Rick Scott helped, and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski parachuted into the Gulf Coast Sunday to lead a Republican rally.
The results, the latest in a minority party surge that has seen the party swing dozens of legislative seats across the country since Trump stunned Democrats in 2016, have the minority party riding high about their prospects heading into November.