Peter Koltak -- chief of staff for Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-NV) -- is seeking employment for the representative's aides serving in Washington D.C. The news came just days after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called on Kihuen to resign after an allegation of sexual misconduct was aired. The news came on the same day that Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the longest-serving member of the House, announced his retirement in the face of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
Koltak's email noted that he is “hoping to place them all here pretty quickly in other offices,” while asking for useful advice on any available opening. According to POLITICO, Koltak wrote, “Im happy to talk with anyone at any time about each person. I would highly recommend any of them.”
A former Kihuen campaign aide accused Kihuen of requesting dates and sexual liaisons with her, "despite her repeated rejections.” The woman has been identified by BuzzFeed as Samantha. She said Kihuen fondled her thighs twice without her consent.
On Saturday, Pelosi declared in a statement that she had spoken to Kihuen and called for his resignation. Pelosi said that the allegations were "upsetting” and “convincing.” She commended the accuser for “the courage it took to come forward.”
Kihuen claims that he cannot recall the circumstances cited by the female accuser, but apologized nonethless for “anything that I may have said or done that made her feel uncomfortable,” according to Buzzfeed.
Kihuen was born in 1980 in Guadalajara, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. His family emigrated to the U.S. when he was eight years old. He currently represents Nevada's 4th Congressional District. His assignments including two subcommittee seats on the Committee on Financial Services. Kihuen defeated first-term Republican incumbent Cresent Hardy by 10,000 votes.