Cresent Hardy

Hardy Campaign Adviser Fired After He Made Ex-Fiancee His ‘Slave’
Benjamin Sparks was fired from consultant’s job working on Rep. Cresent Hardy’s campaign

Former Nevada Rep. Cresent Hardy fired political strategist Benjamin Sparks from his campaign amid a domestic battery investigation. (D.A. Banks/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Benjamin Sparks, a political strategist who has worked on several high-profile Republican campaigns over the last decade, was fired in March from his position working on former Rep. Cresent Hardy’s campaign after police responded to a domestic dispute between Sparks and his then-fiancee.

It turns out Sparks and his fiancée had signed a contract in November making the woman his “slave in training,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, citing text messages, emails and a copy of the contract the ex-fiancee shared with the publication.

At the Races: Keystone State Nail-Biter
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Mark Your Calendars: The second congressional primaries in the country are in Illinois on Tuesday. Democrats are targeting four GOP-held seats in the state, where EMILY’s List has played an early, influential role backing candidates it thinks will be viable in the general election. But the Prairie State primary that’s received the most attention is actually in a solid Democratic seat. EMILY’s List is involved in this race too (although it took a while for the group to endorse), and it’s quickly become a flashpoint in the fight over the identity of the Democratic Party. On one side is first-time candidate Marie Newman, who’s backed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (who carried the 3rd District in 2016), two members of the Illinois delegation (pictured above), New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, SEIU and a coalition of reproductive rights and progressive groups.

Pelosi Mum on Whether Kihuen Should Seek Re-election
Nevada congressman announced he wouldn’t seek re-election after sexual harassment allegations

Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., and his guest Astrid Silva, a Dreamer, are seen in the Capitol Rotunda before President Donald Trump's State of the Union address in January. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was mum on whether Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen should seek re-election after saying he would not after being accused of sexual harassment.

“When he makes a decision, I’ll give you a reaction to it,” the Democratic leader said at a press conference Thursday.

Former Lawmakers Look for Comeback in Nevada’s 4th District
Steven Horsford announced campaign Thursday

Former Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford says he’s running for Congress again. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Several former lawmakers are hoping to return to Congress in 2018, but Nevada’s 4th District could host a unique contest between two former seat holders looking for a comeback.

Former Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford, who represented the district for a term beginning in 2013, launched his campaign Thursday for the open-seat race. And former GOP Rep. Cresent Hardy, who unseated Horsford in 2014, has also filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run.

Facing Harassment Allegations, Ruben Kihuen Won’t Run for Re-election
Nevada freshman had been seen as rising Democratic star

Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen won’t seek a second term. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen announced on Saturday he would not seek re-election in 2018 — a day after the House Ethics Committee announced it has opened an investigation into the freshman Democrat.

Two women have accused Kihuen of sexual harassment. He maintained his innocence in his retirement announcement.

Kihuen’s Future in Question After Second Accuser Comes Forward
Pelosi indicates Nevada Democrat wants to go through Ethics Committee process

A second woman has accused Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., of sexual harassment. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen’s future remains in question amid calls to resign and a second accuser alleging he sexually harassed her while he was in the Nevada state Senate.

The Nevada Independent reported Wednesday night that a lobbyist claimed Kihuen sent her hundreds of text messages, some of them suggestive, and touched her inappropriately. Two weeks ago, Buzzfeed reported allegations that Kihuen harassed a former campaign staffer.

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.