RELEASE: What Did Dem Leadership Know About Rep. Jovan Melton?

Greenwood Village, CO – The Denver Post broke news yesterday that Rep. Jovan Melton, the Democratic majority deputy whip in the State House of Representatives, was charged with domestic violence twice in the last two decades.

Melton now denies ever having committed physical violence, despite the fact that he once pled guilty to harassment under a section of the law that reads as follows: “A person commits harassment if, with intent to harass, annoy, or alarm another person, he or she: (a) Strikes, shoves, kicks, or otherwise touches a person or subjects him to physical contact.”

Unsurprisingly, Colorado Democrats would prefer to ignore this issue. They declined comment to Colorado Public Radio in a story that appeared this morning. But Coloradans deserve answers.

Colorado Republican Chairman Jeff Hays issued the following statement:

“What did Democratic leadership know, and when did they know it? We saw with Rep. Steve Lebsock that Speaker Crisanta Duran was willing to promote a man she believed to be guilty of harassing a colleague. Did she, Majority Leader KC Becker, Assistant Majority Leader Alec Garnett, or other House Democrats know about Rep. Melton’s past, too? ‘No comment’ is unacceptable when the questions are this serious.”