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Democratic Congressman Reconsiders Retirement Amid Multiple Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Henry Rodgers Capitol Hill Reporter

Nevada Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen is reconsidering his decision to run for re-election amid multiple sexual harassment allegations, according to a Wednesday report.

Kihuen, who has been denounced by members in his own party, was accused of touching a woman’s legs or buttocks without her consent and sent her hundreds of inappropriate text messages.  He is reportedly still considering a 2018 congressional bid, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

“I’m sure you look even better naked,” one of the text messages sent by Kihuen reportedly stated. The Democratic congressman sent the inappropriate text messages while serving as a state senator in 2015 and has continued to deny the allegations.

During Kihuen’s 2016 congressional campaign, his finance director also accused him of touching her legs without her consent. Although Pelosi and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) were aware of the allegations, they still supported Kihuen in his successful 2016 congressional bid. (RELATED: Second Woman Accuses House Democrat Of Sexual Misconduct)

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“I do find it interesting that the DCCC, Leader Pelosi and Chairman Ben Ray Lujan — they knew about these allegations last year,” Kihuen said. “They looked into them. They didn’t find anything, and they continued investing millions of dollars in my campaign. They went out there and campaigned for me.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Kihuen’s office regarding the 2018 election but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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