Nevada Rep. Kihuen accused of sexual harassment

Ruben Kihuen Twitter photograph.
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - The finance director for Nevada's Ruben Kihuen during his 2016 campaign for the US House is accusing him of harassment.

Buzzfeed.com reports the woman says the Democrat "repeatedly harassed and made sexual advances toward her during his 2016 congressional campaign," but was uncomfortable reporting it to campaign leaders.

She left her job and he was elected to the House, representing Nevada's 4th district, which covers most of northern Clark County, southern Lyon County, and all of Esmeralda, Lincoln, Mineral, Nye, and White Pine counties.

Kihuen has released this statement in response:

"The staff member in question was a valued member of my team. I sincerely apologize for anything that I may have said or done that made her feel uncomfortable. I take this matter seriously as it is not indicative of who I am, but I want to make it clear that I don’t recall any of the circumstances she described. I was raised in a strong family that taught me to treat women with the utmost dignity and respect. I have spent my fifteen years in public service fighting for women’s equality, and I will continue to do so.”