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’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.”