Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen speaks during the Know Your Rights Forum hosted by the Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus at the East Las Vegas Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2016. The forum aimed to educate the community about immigration rights. Photo by Daniel Clark.

Updated, 10:15 AM , 3/7/18

When asked in DC by The Indy’s Humberto Sanchez about whether he will run, Kihuen said on Wednesday morning:  “If you’re talking about the reconsideration, I have no comment. I have to meet with some constituents now, Thank you.”

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Rep. Ruben Kihuen, who announced last year that he was retiring after multiple allegations of sexual harassment, is considering filing for re-election, multiple sources have confirmed.

Kihuen has contacted donors, the Culinary union and even former Sen. Harry Reid about the possibility of running again, saying he has received encouragement to do so. He has until a week from Friday to file.

It’s not clear if Reid, who considers Kihuen a protégé, gave him any sustenance. But it is unlikely, especially because the ex-senator already knows what previous polling showed about the congressman’s tangential ties to an FBI probe of his friend, Ricki Barlow, the ex-city councilman who recently pleaded guilty and resigned. The polling was done long before the sexual harassment stories broke when Kihuen was considered as a possible Senate candidate against Dean Heller and showed the FBI story would have devastated his chances.

Neither Kihuen nor his spokesman would reply to inquiries from The Nevada Independent this week. But sources confirm that frontrunner Steven Horsford, the former congressman who announced he would run for his old seat after Kihuen said he would not, and other Democrats are furious about Kihuen’s possible filing.

I’m also told the Culinary plans to stick with Horsford even if Kihuen decides to file. Culinary officials declined to comment on Kihuen’s recent contacts with them.

High-level Democratic strategists do not believe Kihuen could win the primary, but with multiple candidates expected to file, including state Sen. Pat Spearman, it’s not impossible. What they really fear is that Kihuen will cost them the seat, which was previously held by GOP Rep. Cresent Hardy, who is running again.

Kihuen has been accused by at least three women of sexual misconduct, and some Democratic leaders in the House have called on him to resign. He announced in December that he would not run again.

The House Ethics Committee is investigating the allegations.

 

INDY FAST FACTS Ruben Kihuen Job: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 4th Congressional District Party: Democrat In current office: 2017-present Birhdate: April 25, 1980 Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (B.A.) Other public offices held: State Senator, District 10 (2010-2016) State Assemblyman, District 11 (2007-2010) Total donations: $987,929 (2012-2018) Top donors: Naqvi Injury Law $10,800 Border Health $10,000 Jobs, Opportunities & Education PAC $10,000 Tpp Export America $10,000 UNITE HERE $10,000 Last Report: 12/31/2017 Credit:  Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Dean Heller Job: U.S. Senator Party: Republican In current office: 2011-present Birthdate: May 10, 1960 Education: University of Southern California (B.A.) Other public offices held: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada's 2nd Congressional District (2007-2011) Nevada Secretary of State (1995-2007) State Assemblyman (1990-1994) Total donations: $21,463,574 (2005-2018) Top donors: Station Casinos $117,900 Votesane PAC $92,000 MGM Resorts International $74,500 Blackstone Group $48,400 Capital Group $38,800 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
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