Cresent Hardy

Ruben Kihuen Weighs Future as 2018 Looms
Some believe he would lose re-election after harassment allegations

Top Democrats are calling on Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., to resign. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo )

Sexual harassment allegations against Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen have raised serious doubts about whether he could win re-election, and questions about who could run in the swing Nevada district if he steps aside.  

Kihuen has not yet weighed in on his future, even as top Democratic leaders have called on him to resign following a Buzzfeed report detailing sexual harassment and unwanted advances towards a former campaign staffer.

Nancy Pelosi Joins DCCC Chairman in Calling on Ruben Kihuen to Resign
Former finance director alleges Kihuen assaulted her during 2016 campaign

The House Democratic leader is calling on freshman Democrat Ruben Kihuen to resign in the face of sexual harassment allegations. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated Dec. 2, 12:15 a.m. | House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has joined in the calls for Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen to resign.

The statement from the California Democrat comes in response to allegations that Kihuen sexually harassed his finance director on the campaign trail last year.

At the Races: Wabash College, Swamp Critters and More
Decisions made and delayed in Nevada

Rep. Luke Messer, seen here in a family photo on the East Front of the Capitol, is running for the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As the August recess nears, candidates and maybe-candidates are making decisions that set the stage for both upcoming special elections and the 2018 midterms.

Indiana Rep. Luke Messer announced on Wednesday he’s running for Senate.

Former Rep. Cresent Hardy Passes on 2018 Run
Lost to Ruben Kihuen in 2016

Former Rep. Cresent Hardy, R-Nev., passed on running for office again in 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Nevada Rep. Cresent Hardy announced he will not seek elected office in 2018.

Hardy said in a statement Tuesday that he would “continue to spend some much-needed time with my wife, children and grandchildren," the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Republicans Seeing Red in Newly Open Nevada Seat
Rosen’s decision to run for Senate opens up 3rd District Seat

Nevada Rep. Jacky Rosen is running for Senate, leaving behind a swing House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republicans are largely on defense in 2018, but they see a bright spot in Nevada’s 3rd District. And they believe that spot is even brighter now that the Democratic incumbent is running for Senate.

Rep. Jacky Rosen’s decision to challenge GOP Sen. Dean Heller opens up the Nevada Democrat’s competitive seat. Operatives from both parties expect the House race to once again be one of the most competitive — and expensive — in the country.

House Freshmen to Watch
115th Congress provides a platform for ambitious new members

Kihuen, left, comes to Congress with a record of success in Nevada, and the blessing of former Sen. Harry Reid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Not all freshmen are created equal.

While there is always a learning curve for new members of the House, some of the newly elected come to the institution with an enhanced profile. This could be because they are former statewide officeholders, or perhaps scored a big one for the team by knocking off a longtime incumbent. Maybe they are natural leaders or their ambitions are such that they are already looking at other federal offices. 

Democrat Ruben Kihuen Unseats Cresent Hardy in Nevada's 4th District
GOP’s Hardy was considered one of the most vulnerable House members

Rep.-elect Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., delivers his victory speech flanked by his family and supporters at the Nevada Democrats' election night watch party at the Aria Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas on Election Day. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrat Ruben Kihuen will defeat Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy in Nevada’s 4th District, The Associated Press projects. 

Kihuen led Hardy 49 percent to 45 percent with 46 percent of precincts reporting. 

Cliven Bundy Sues Kihuen Over Attack Ad
Says Nevada Democratic candidate falsely tied him to death of 2 officers

Ruben Kihuen, Democratic candidate for Nevada’s 4th Congressional district, is facing a legal challenge from Cliven Bundy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

How the Hill's Endangered Have Been Voting
Some Republicans in Democratic turf have moderated, others have stayed hard right

Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin, center, has a lower-than-average party unity score while New Hampshire Rep. Frank C. Guinta, right, who is even more vulnerable, scores close to the party average. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The year’s desultory legislative track record offers this insight into the closing days of the campaign for Congress: The already compacted political middle is threatened with additional shrinkage.

In the Senate, especially, but also in the House, the collection of lawmakers running scared less than a week before Election Day is overstocked with an endangered ideological species — the independent-minded centrist.

DCCC Chairman: Trump Video Will Lead to More Democratic House Seats
Lujan won't predict total gains, but he is bullish about Election Day

DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján is among the lawmakers in Nevada this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

LAS VEGAS — Democrats will win more House seats because of the leaked Donald Trump video.

The man in charge of winning seats for House Democrats isn’t much for predictions, but Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Luján was willing to wager that the release of a 2005 recording of the Republican presidential nominee talking about groping and kissing women would cost Trump’s party.