Well this didn’t take too long. Joe Biden has once again been accused of being just a little bit too friendly, this time it with a former (D) nominee for Nevada’s lieutenant Governorship.
According to Politico, Lucy Flores, the former Democratic nominee for Nevada lieutenant Governor, on Friday accused former Vice President Joe Biden of what she described as an inappropriate encounter when he campaigned for her in 2014.
Writing in “The Cut,” Flores said she was standing at the side of the stage at a campaign rally when she felt Biden approach her from behind and lean in to smell her hair.
“He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head,” Flores wrote. “My brain couldn’t process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused.”
“I couldn’t move and I couldn’t say anything. I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me,” she added. “My name was called and I was never happier to get on stage in front of an audience.”
Flores, who served as a Nevada assemblywoman from 2010 to 2014, wrote that seeing photos of Biden “getting uncomfortably close with women and young girls” over the course of his vice presidency showed an ignorance of “the power imbalance that exists between Biden and the women he chooses to get cozy with.”
“Biden was the second-most powerful man in the country and, arguably, one of the most powerful men in the world,” Flores wrote. “He was there to promote me as the right person for the lieutenant governor job. Instead, he made me feel uneasy, gross, and confused.”
For months Biden has been mulling a presidential run, a decision he’s said he’s “very close” to making, possibly as soon as early April.
Flores continued that hearing news of Biden’s potential candidacy “without much talk about his troubling past as it relates to women” spurred her to write about her encounter with the former vice president five years prior.
“I’m not suggesting that Biden broke any laws, but the transgressions that society deems minor (or doesn’t even see as transgressions) often feel considerable to the person on the receiving end,” she wrote. “That imbalance of power and attention is the whole point — and the whole problem.” [Read More]