Joe Biden Accused of Unwanted Kiss by Former Nevada Candidate Lucy Flores

Written by Kecia Gayle March 30, 2019
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Joe Biden Accused of Unwanted Kiss by Former Nevada Candidate Lucy Flores

Joe Biden is in the hot seat. Lucy Flores, a former member of the Nevada State Assembly, had decided to speak out to share how Biden once gave her an unwanted kiss while he served as Barack Obama’s vice president in 2014.

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Flores penned an essay for the Cut about her experience with the possible 2020 presidential candidate and shared that Biden had volunteered to campaign on her behalf during her unsuccessful run for lieutenant governor in Nevada. After giving a speech at her event, Flores said Biden grabbed her shoulders, smelled her hair and then kissed her on the back of the head.

“My brain couldn’t process what was happening. I was embarrassed,” wrote Flores. “I couldn’t move and I couldn’t say anything. I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me.” Flores went on to say, “I’m not suggesting that Biden broke any laws,” wrote Flores. “But the transgressions that society deems minor (or doesn’t even see as transgressions) often feel considerable to the person on the receiving end.”

Before concluding she added,

“Biden was the second-most powerful man in the country and, arguably, one of the most powerful men in the world,” wrote Flores. “He was there to promote me as the right person for the lieutenant governor job. Instead, he made me feel uneasy, gross, and confused. The vice-president of the United States of America had just touched me in an intimate way reserved for close friends, family, or romantic partners—and I felt powerless to do anything about it.”

Joe Biden’s spokesperson Bill Russo released a statement to Newsweek regarding Flores’ claims. He worry,

“Vice President Biden was pleased to support Lucy Flores’s candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada in 2014 and to speak on her behalf at a well-attended public event. Neither then, nor in the years since, did he or the staff with him at the time have an inkling that Ms. Flores had been at any time uncomfortable, nor do they recall what she describes.” Russo continued that, “Vice President Biden believes that Ms. Flores has every right to share her own recollection and reflections, and that it is a change for better in our society that she has the opportunity to do so. He respects Ms. Flores as a strong and independent voice in our politics and wishes her only the best.”

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