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Congressman faces sexual harassment probe, candidate quits race

WASHINGTON, Dec 16, 2017 (BSS/AFP) – The US House Ethics Committee
announced Friday it had opened an investigation into a Democratic
representative accused of sexually harassing two women, while a female
congressional candidate who was accused of harassment dropped out of a race.

The committee said in a statement it was aware of “public allegations”
against Ruben Kihuen, a 37-year-old representative from Nevada, who was only
elected last year.

The first woman to come forward with allegations, published by BuzzFeed,
said Kihuen made repeated sexual advances and touched her thigh twice without
consent while she was working on his campaign team in 2016.

Another woman — a Nevada lobbyist — also said she was subjected to
Kihuen’s repeated advances when he was a member of the local assembly.

Kihuen has denied the allegations, and has so far refused to resign —
despite House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging him to do so.

On Friday, Andrea Ramsey, who was running for Congress in Kansas’s Third
District, announced that she was dropping out of the race after the
Democratic party decided not to support her campaign over harassment
allegations.

Ramsey wrote in a post on Facebook that after eliminating a man’s position
12 years earlier, he sued the company and falsely claimed that he was fired
“because he refused to have sex with me.”

She said that the suit was later dropped, but that the allegations were
enough for the “Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to decide
not to support our promising campaign.”

Two Democratic members of Congress have so far this year resigned or
announced their intention to do so following accusations of sexual
misconduct: Michigan Representative John Coyers and Minnesota Senator Al
Franken.

The House Ethics Committee is also carrying out other investigations into
two Republican politicians: Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold, accused of
sexual harassment, and Trent Franks, who asked a female staff member to act
as a surrogate for him and his wife. Franks resigned last week.

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