Joe Biden is deciding if he will run for president in the 2020 election, but his decision may have just gotten harder. In 2014, a Democratic politician claimed Biden who, was the vice president at the time, inappropriately touched her and kissed the back of her head. The woman came forward this past week.
Lucy Flores was a 35-year-old Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in Nevada at the time this incident took place, NBC News reported. Originally, she expressed how “grateful and flattered” she was that the vice president was attending her campaign for governor.
Flores alleged in an op-ed piece for The Cut that as she was taking the stage she “felt two hands on my shoulders” and “froze.”
“He leaned further in and inhaled my hair,” Flores explained. “I was mortified. … He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head. My brain couldn’t process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused.”
“I felt powerless to do anything about it,” wrote Flores. “Even if his behavior wasn’t violent or sexual, it was demeaning and disrespectful,” she wrote.
This news comes as Biden is more than likely to announce his candidacy for president in the very near future. Biden’s camp released a statement the following day saying he didn’t recall the incident but claimed these allegations should be taken seriously.
“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,” Bill Russo, who is a spokesperson for Biden, said.
“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,” the statement said. “He respects Ms. Flores as a strong and independent voice in our politics and wishes her only the best.”