In a scathing article published last week in The Cut, Lucy Flores, the losing 2014 Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, has alleged that then-Vice President Joe Biden kissed the back of her head during a campaign event that year.
In fact, flores wrote that Biden touched her shoulders before kissing the back of her head, describing the alleged incident as “demeaning and disrespectful.”
“I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified,” explained Flores. “I thought to myself, “I didn’t wash my hair today and the vice-president of the United States is smelling it. And also, what in the actual fuck? Why is the vice-president of the United States smelling my hair? He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head.”
In a statement, a spokesman for Biden said that the vice president did not recall the alleged incident. “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,” Biden spokesman Bill Russo said.
Following the publication of Flores’ piece in The Cut, she told The Daily Beast that she believes Biden is “probably telling the truth” by not remembering the alleged incident.
“He probably doesn’t remember the interaction,” Flores said. “I would argue that he is so used to behaving in that way that it is no big deal.”
“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.”
In reference as to why she chose to come forward at this particular moment in time, Flores said, “I would be lying if I said I didn’t carefully consider all of this before deciding to speak. But hearing Biden’s potential candidacy for president discussed without much talk about his troubling past as it relates to women became too much to keep bottled up any longer.”
In response to the allegations, Biden’s spokesperson said, “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. But 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.”
In other news, Biden has been reportedly gearing up in recent weeks for a possible presidential run, leads many early polls for the Democratic presidential nomination. In 2016, Flores worked as a surrogate for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has already jumped into the Democratic.
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