Just days after Republicans flipped a Democrat-held congressional seat in a special election triggered by a sex scandal, another House Democrat faces an Ethics Committee investigation into a sexual relationship with an intern.

Nevada Democrat Steven Horsford admitted to an ongoing affair with an intern for then-Nevada Senator Harry Reid.


“It is true that I had a previous relationship outside of my marriage, over the course of several years,” Horsford said in a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I’m deeply sorry to all of those who have been impacted by this very poor decision, most importantly my wife and family. Out of concern for my family during this challenging time, I ask that our privacy is respected.”

Sexual relationships between Members of Congress and staff are prohibited by House rules, and are grounds for investigation and potential discipline.

California Democrat Congresswoman Katie Hill resigned from Congress to avoid an Ethics Committee investigation after admitting to affairs with multiple staffers, setting up a special election to fill her seat which was won by Republican Mike Garcia.

The Committee may now investigate Horsford.

“Americans for Public Trust, a nonpartisan government accountability organization, requested the House Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) launch a full investigation into Horsford,” The Washington Free Beacon reports. “The investigation would determine whether he offered money to or used the power of his office on behalf of Gabriela Linder, an intern with whom the congressman admitted to having an affair.”

“Representative Steven Horsford’s concealment of an ongoing affair implicates an abuse of his official position and potentially federal law. His use of financial payments, staff time, and repeated run-ins with legal obligations betray the public trust,” a letter from the group to the Ethics Committee states.

“Ultimately, his conduct for the past ten years destroys the credibility of his office and fails to maintain the integrity of the House. Therefore, we respectfully urge OCE to investigate this matter and any potential violations of federal law and standards of House ethics.”

If Hosford were forced to resign or face a toughened re-election because of ethical or legal violations, it could flip another House seat from Democrat to Republican.

His seat, Nevada’s Fourth Congressional District, is only marginally Democrat.  Horsford won the seat in 2012 then lost to Republican Crescent Hardy in 2014.  Hardy was defeated in 2016 by Democrat Ruben Kihuen.

But Kihuen, himself crippled by allegations of sexual misconduct, did not seek re-election in 2018.  Horsford then won a rematch with Hardy for a second, non-consecutive term.

It’s unlikely voters would want to deal with two sexual scandals in two elections and could send Horsford packing again.

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Michael Brigham has written for American Action News since the summer of 2019. His areas of expertise include foreign affairs, government, and politics, but regardless of the subject matter, he has a nose and an insatiable appetite for news. In his free time, he enjoys reading nonfiction, watching a mix of comedies and true crime documentaries, and spending time away from the swamp hiking in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

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Ida Socci
Ida Socci
2 years ago
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nathan jarrell
nathan jarrell
2 years ago

By all means FLIP!

Michele Russell
2 years ago

This cheater should resign!!!

Micala
Micala
2 years ago

Why are so many Democrats immoral on their actions? Why do they think they can do immoral things and get away with it? Time for the House and Senate to do a Morality Check on ALL MEMBERS, including the GOP. Too many people have let their morals slip and when that happens in one area of their lives, it flows over to other Congressional areas too. Why are there more Democrats that feel they can trash other people’s lives? Get rid of them all. There doesn’t seem to be an “honest” one in the bunch!

Scotty
Scotty
2 years ago
Reply to  Micala

Why didn’t I hear this story on the main stream media?

Mike S
Mike S
2 years ago
Reply to  Scotty

Exactly!!!!!!!!!!!

We need a new name for the main stream media. Something like the DNS Media or DemoRAT Media.

Margaret Stewart
Margaret Stewart
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike S

I call it the lame stream media.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike S

In the old days, they called it yellow journalism. Perhaps it’s appropriate to label these new businesses as yellow stream media.

Enough's Enough
Enough's Enough
2 years ago
Reply to  Scotty

Believe me, if this character had had an “R” after his name, the MSM would have been broadcasting it via every available outlet, shouting it from the rooftops. (I wouldn’t rule out skywriting and smoke signals.) Alleged psychologists/psychiatrist would have been sought out to psychoanalyze the “prevalent toxic masculinity of conservative males.” The “I ask that our privacy is respected” request would have been met with only scorn and ridicule.

Ida Socci
Ida Socci
2 years ago
Reply to  Micala

Its their normal way of life

gary thibodeaux
gary thibodeaux
2 years ago

Politicians already use taxpayers funds to pay for their defense when caught in sexual misconduct as with affairs with minors, homosexual, any kind of sexual affairs, only because people allow them because of the blind patriotism to their corruption also due to the false mindsets that any other party vote is wasted besides the current 2 party system of RINOS and especially the anti-American democrats and their tools for it the bought out biased medias propaganda LIES for they are the party and people for hate and division of America for Americans and the false mindset that any government is too big to fight or fail! The powers that be have power as long as the people allow it and they think the common masses are too lazy and dumb to go against them while on the other hand actually fear it, so it is up to the masses to continue this or stop it!

Josephine Lara
Josephine Lara
2 years ago

There is a slush/hush fund allocated in our budget for the evil doers that can just help themselves to and it does not take from their family, and who KNOWS? I have asked many times how much is allotted? How much is taken out and by who and is it ever paid back? Crickets/////// Same old BS screw the tax payers! OH and thanks piggy for helping yourself to OUR EARNED SS to pay for the golden pens you gave out, to celebrate ousting OUR PRESIDENT! NOT! WHY is this NOT ever discussed?

Barbara
Barbara
2 years ago
Reply to  Josephine Lara

How does this past the vote? There should be an accounting for how the funds, for all agencies, is spent. CPA’s would be kept busy the entire year.

Josephine Lara
Josephine Lara
2 years ago

Many get away with it because of the Slush/Hush fun allocated in our budget for naughty things like this! I keep asking how much is allocated and who and how much is taken out, AND is it ever paid back! SILENCE
ITS OUR $$$$$ and we need to KNOW! Besides taking from our hard earned SS, what other cover up funds?

Nick1
Nick1
2 years ago

Does not matter. The violent rioters and looters have assured Republican victories and Trump’s re-election.