Rubén Kihuen Preps to Run for Local Office
Outgoing Congressman Rubén Kihuen (D-NV) is taking steps to run for another office -- this time a local position in Las Vegas. He filed paperwork Tuesday with the IRS to form a new political organization called Ruben Kihuen for Las Vegas. Three Las Vegas City Council seats and the Mayor's office are up for election in 2019. Kihuen has been rumored since the spring to be mounting a run for retiring Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Coffin’s seat. The 38-year-old Mexican immigrant, the first “Dreamer” elected to Congress, leaves his current office amid a scandal. A House Ethics Committee report last month found sexual harassment allegations made against him by three women were credible. Two women accused him of grabbing “the back of their thigh or their buttocks while they were alone in an office with him.” He also sent scores of inappropriate text messages to a Carson City lobbyist. He asked her what color her panties were and told her she looked great in black, but that she would look better naked. Kihuen declined to run for re-election to his Las Vegas-area House seat after the allegations became public in 2017. He denies allegations of harassment but said he regretted his conduct toward the women and apologized. In response to the Ethics Committee report, he said that he didn't violate House rules. More here.