Nevada Democrat accused of sexual harassment reconsiders retirement: report

Nevada Democrat accused of sexual harassment reconsiders retirement: report
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Rep. Ruben KihuenRuben Jesus Kihuen BernalNevada rematch pits rural voters against a booming Las Vegas Battle of the billionaires drives Nevada contest Danny Tarkanian wins Nevada GOP congressional primary MORE (D-Nev.) is reportedly reconsidering his decision to retire in the face of sexual misconduct allegations. 

The Nevada Independent reported Wednesday that Kihuen has contacted donors about running for reelection, and is considering filing documents to do so. Kihuen has reportedly reached out to former Sen. Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidGOP’s midterm strategy takes shape Battle of the billionaires drives Nevada contest Senate Democrats should stop playing politics on Kavanaugh MORE (D-Nev.) about the possibility.

Kihuen announced in December he would not seek reelection after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct. His decision came a day after the House Ethics Committee announced it was launching an investigation into the allegations.

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The freshman congressman allegedly made unwanted sexual advances toward a former campaign staffer, and another woman claimed Kihuen sent her suggestive text messages and touched her inappropriately while he was a state lawmaker. 

Kihuen has denied the allegations. 

Former Rep. Steven HorsfordSteven Alexander HorsfordKamala Harris prepares for moment in the spotlight Nevada rematch pits rural voters against a booming Las Vegas Two former Nevada congressmen set for rematch MORE (D-Nev.) has already announced he intends to run for his old House seat, which is currently held by Kihuen.

Horsford was elected to Congress in 2012, but lost the seat in 2014 to Republican Cresent Hardy. He went on to hold the seat for one term before losing to Kihuen by 4 points in 2016.

Hardy has also filed to run for the seat in November, according to the Nevada Independent.

The filing period for Nevada races runs from March 5 until March 16.