Calls for Democrat Congressman to Resign After He Admits Sex Scandal with Intern
Steven Horsford faces backlash from Congress over affair
Democrat Rep. Steven Horsford is facing calls to resign from the U.S. Congress after he admitted having an affair with an intern who worked for former Senator Harry Reid (D-NV).
Former intern, Gabriela Linder said she began her affair in 2009 during her time in the former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Nevada office.
Linder added that the sexual relationship continued until September 2019, despite her never working for Horsford in any capacity, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
Linder also indicated that Horsford used taxpayer-funded congressional resources to film a video for her son’s YouTube channel.
“If this was a story in 2018, he wouldn’t have run,” Linder said.
“He obtained this position under false pretenses that he was a family man and man of God. He should take a step back, atone, and if people are satisfied, then he can come back into politics.”
Horsford admitted to the affair, saying:
“It is true that I had a previous relationship outside of my marriage, over the course of several years.
"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.”
Linder's revelations were revealed on a podcast where she claimed Horsford “looked out for her over the years, from anything from a job recommendation to financial support.”
Linder left Horsford because he was talking about leaving his wife, but never did it, according to The Las Vegas Review-Journal.
“I decided I can’t wait, deserved more, and didn’t want to be that person anymore,” Linder said.
“And I realized someone who could lie that way is not someone who would be honorable to me.”
Horsford ran for Congress in 2018 after Democrat Rep. Ruben Kihuen (NV) faced sexual harassment allegations.
Kihuen violated the House’s code of conduct, The House Ethics Committee later found.
“Kihuen made persistent and unwanted advances towards women who were required to interact with him as part of their professional responsibilities.”
Horsford’s sex scandal comes after Democrat Rep. Katie Hill (CA) resigned after another sex scandal, and the Republican Party flipped her seat this year.
Other House Democrats have faced allegations of sex scandals including:
- Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN)
- Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
- Delegate Michael F. Q. San Nicolas of Guam (non-voting member)
The news about @RepHorsford's long term extramarital affair simply solidifies what we already knew: that we are not a priority to him.— Lisa Song Sutton for Congress (R-NV) (@LisaSongSutton) May 17, 2020
The people of #NV04 need & deserve a leader who will be fully focused on the tasks at hand: rebuilding our economy & helping Nevadans. pic.twitter.com/uehRPQgqdv
Republican Congressional candidate Lisa Song Sutton called for Horsford to resign in the light of the sex scandal.
“First, I call on Steven Horsford to resign from Congress,” Sutton said in a statement.
“In addition, I call on the House Ethics Committee to begin an immediate investigation into Congressman Horsford’s actions as they relate to this longtime, extramarital affair, similar to the investigation that occurred with his immediate predecessor, disgraced former Congressman Ruben Kihuen.
"The people of Nevada’s 4th District deserve to know if any of our taxpayer dollars funded Steven Horsford’s nefarious activities.”
“I speak to voters every single day who do not feel like they are being heard by Congressman Steven Horsford. His lack of community involvement was a key factor in my deciding to run for this position."
"Given this news, I am infuriated. I am infuriated for Nevadans of the 4th district.
"This just solidifies what we already knew: that we deserve better representation. We are in the middle of an economic and health crisis."
"Nevada’s economy has taken a beating, and our community is on the ropes."
"We have nearly 500,000 Nevadans on unemployment. Our largest sources of revenue for the state: tourism, hospitality, gaming, and mining, have been severely impacted with a long road to recovery.”
“We need a strong leader who is going to be 110 percent focused on rebuilding our economy and taking swift action FOR the people,” Sutton concluded.
“This seat has been plagued by distractions and scandals by men who cannot stay focused on their responsibilities because they are too busy chasing women.
"Horsford is not fit to lead us. His family will be in my prayers.”