Ruben Kihuen. That's his name.
He's a Democratic congressman from Nevada, and he's been dodging allegations of sexual impropriety since Buzzfeed broke the story early this month.
None of the main networks — ABC, CBS or NBC — have covered the story in their nightly news (although ABC posted a story online and CBS did 15 seconds on it's a.m. show "This Morning," according to American Action News.
On December 1, Buzzfeed wrote this:
Last year, a 25-year-old woman left her job on Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen’s campaign because of what she says were repeated, unwanted propositions for dates and sex. Responding to these allegations, the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Kihuen should resign. Kihuen said on Friday, “I sincerely apologize for anything that I may have said or done that made her feel uncomfortable.”
But after the story was published, Kihuen's office sent out a new statement saying that the Democrat wanted to “make it clear that I don’t recall any of the circumstances” described by the alleged victim.
Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi called on the first-term lawmaker to resign.
But now, Kihuen is doubling down, vowing not to resign and charging that Pelosi knew about the allegations long before they emerged this month.
"Kihuen told ABC News that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and its Chairman Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, along with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, knew about the allegations against him, but did not find anything of substance and continued to support him," ABC reported.
“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,” Kihuen told ABC News Tuesday of Pelosi and Lujan.
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. The outlet reported December 1 that a 25-year-old woman, only identified as “Samantha” had left her job as the finance director on Kihuen’s campaign because he repeatedly propositioned her for dates and sex, and twice touched her thighs without her consent.
But Kihuen told ABC he's staying put. “I'm not resigning. I plan on continuing the job that I was elected to do by the people of the 4th congressional district,” he said.
We'll see how long that lasts after Sen. Al Franken, who Democrats tossed to the wolves on Wednesday, makes his announcement that he is stepping down from the Senate.