It didn’t take long for another Democrat to be busted in a possible sexually related scandal. Now Nancy Pelosi might be involved in hiding information that would lead to the accusation of yet another Democrat. Nevada Democrat Ruben Kihuen is the latest to be ousted in the wave of sexual assault allegations being unleashed on the media and political class.
Last week Buzzfeed reported that a former Kihuen campaign aide known only as “Samantha” told a mid-level aide at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) she had quit her job because then-candidate Kihuen made her “uncomfortable.” Another DCCC aide later brought the matter to Kihuen campaign manager Dave Chase, who confronted Kihuen about the complaint, though Kihuen denied it, according to BuzzFeed. Chase told BuzzFeed that he thinks Kihuen lied to him and he believes the victim, who alleges Kihuen propositioned her for dates and sex and touched her thighs.
While Kihuen is denying the allegations, it turns out that a number of high-profile Democrats were well aware of them for the past year, according to Kihuen.
According to the Daily Caller, “Pelosi was quick to demand Kihuen’s resignation after the allegations became public, but she actually has known about the harassment allegations for a while, Kihuen told ABC News.”
“I do find it interesting that the DCCC, Leader Pelosi and Chairman Ben Ray Lujan — they knew about these allegations last year,” he said. “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.”
If true, Kihuen’s account would reflect poorly on Pelosi, who said over the weekend that she believed Kihuen’s accuser.
“The young woman’s documented account is convincing, and I commend her for the courage it took to come forward. In light of these upsetting allegations, Congressman Kihuen should resign,” Pelosi said on Saturday.
Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, insisted to ABC News that Pelosi “first learned of these allegations from BuzzFeed last week.”
While Kihuen says he will not resign, the party is distancing themselves from him. The House Democrats campaign arm removed Kihuen’s name from it’s 2018 incumbent program following the allegations. The program called “Frontline” gives incumbents a fundraising boost for their campaigns.
That could prove problematic, as Kihuem represents a top swing seat, and was named one of the 19 House Democrat incumbents who were the most vulnerable in 2018, and would thus receive the most campaign assistance through the DCCC. He’s raised just shy of $780,000 from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30 and has a little less than half a million in the bank. His opponent, Las Vegas City Councilman Stavros Anthony has only been in the race for a couple months but has already raised $141,000.
He might not resign, but voters are likely to decide his fate soon.
All of this comes during a time where Hollywood is corrupted with numerous sexual assault accusations and political figures are not immune to the same self-destruction. Accusations are flying around everywhere we look, calling out people left and right, and pointing fingers at alleged perpetrators alleged to be pushing for sexual advances or worse.
If Nancy Pelosi knew about this when it originally happened and didn’t say anything about it, then does that make her worse off? Does that make her guilty by association? Does that mean she didn’t protect other women from unwanted sexual advances?
When it comes to hiding or covering up information to save your political party from embarrassment, then what should the punishment be? What if someone had gotten raped because she didn’t tell people about what happened?
The public will decide because the American people have the power and ultimately determine the career of people who represent them. Something like this does not care what party the perpetrator or victim is from and good hardworking American citizens will be in control of the future careers of people involved in these offensive acts towards women.
Democrats should be wary of whom they work with, call out the people who act inappropriately and try to earn some respect from American citizens.
If not, then there may not be much of a party left for them to work with.
No problem there! That makes 2020 easier for Trump to be victorious!