US Democratic Congressman Ruben Kihuen says he will not seek re-election, after coming under pressure to resign over sexual harassment accusations.
Kihuen, a member of the US House of Representatives from Nevada, is accused of making unwanted advances toward a former campaign staffer and a lobbyist during last year’s election campaign and his tenure as a state legislator.
“I want to state clearly again that I deny the allegations in question,” the 37-year-old first-term congressman said in a statement on Saturday.
“However, the allegations that have surfaced would be a distraction from a fair and thorough discussion of the issues in a reelection campaign. Therefore, it is in the best interests of my family and my constituents to complete my term in Congress and not seek reelection,” the statement added.
A day earlier, the House Ethics Committee said it was opening an investigation into the allegations. Kihuen said in his statement…