First-term Democratic congressman Ruben Kihuen has claimed that Senate Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi knew about his alleged sexual misconduct while he was running for office and supported him anyway throwing millions of dollars behind his 2016 congressional campaign.

A woman who worked as the finance director for Kihuen said that he repeatedly harassed and made sexual advances toward her during his 2016 congressional campaign — and like many young people on campaigns all over the country, she did not know what to do with her complaint and didn’t feel comfortable bringing it to the campaign’s leadership.

She quit her job. He’s in Congress.

Pelosi was quick to demand Kihuen’s resignation, but not until the accusations became public. She actually has known about the harassment allegations for a while, Kihuen said.

Samantha, who didn’t giver her last name, began working for  Kihuen early in his campaign to unseat Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy in December 2015 and quit by April 2016. Starting in February of that year, Samantha, 25 at the time, said Kihuen, who was then 35 and still competing in the primary race, solicited her for dates and sex despite her repeated rejections. On two occasions, she says he touched her thighs without consent.

While Samantha was uncertain how she could report her experience, she said she spoke with a contact at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to explain why she was quitting so abruptly, and told the staffer that Kihuen had done things that made her uncomfortable.

“I didn’t know what they could do, but I felt like I had to let someone know,” she said.

“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.”

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