Kihuen victim blasts despicable pro-Kihuen website

kihuen with friends
Editor's note: No rocks were harmed in the making of this cheesy art.
kihuen with friends
Editor’s note: No rocks were harmed in the making of this cheesy art.

Remember that website somebody put up that attempts to defend disgraced former congressman, Las Vegas City Council candidate, and most obtuse man in Nevada Ruben Kihuen by attacking the very women Congress sanctioned him for harassing? Well…

A) As of Wednesday afternoon, it’s still up (no, mustn’t link because it is vile), and

B) One of Kihuen’s victims raises some very interesting questions about it.

In a March 27 post on Medium, Samantha Register, a Kihuen victim who has publicly come forward in the past and also written about the harm Kihuen caused her, unloads on the anonymously published website.

Why WOULD someone do this? I’m convinced whoever did this was mostly seeking revenge. Why else include our photos, as though hoping random people on the street would recognize us and tell us how horrible we apparently are? Why else publish our full names, as though hoping this will come up whenever someone googles us, making it more difficult for us to apply for jobs in the future?

Kihuen has denied that he has anything to do with the website, tweeting that “I don’t support website and attorneys for our campaign will ask its author to take it down immediately.”

Kihuen’s Sgt. Schultz impersonation (“I know nothing!”) seemed skeptical from the start, because, well, Kihuen.

And in her Medium post, Register casts even more doubt about Kihuen’s denial of responsibility.

Mr. Kihuen has suggested in his public statements that he did not publish the website smearing his accusers, though I wonder how a total stranger would know all the witness’s names, how to find our photos, and, in my case, personal information like my maiden name, husband’s name, and the names of my former campaign coworkers. This information likely would have only been available to the House Ethics Committee and those directly involved in the investigation.

“It seems that whoever published this website wanted me to feel ashamed, like I need to hide my face,” Register wrote. “I don’t. I’m not hiding. I’m not the one who has anything to be ashamed of.”

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

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