Vacancy Committee to Appoint Lebsock’s Replacement

[March 9, Greenwood Village, CO] – The Colorado Republican Committee today announced that the Republican Central Committee of House District 34 will convene its vacancy committee later in March for the purpose of filling the vacancy in office created by Rep. Steve Lebsock’s expulsion from the General Assembly. The date and location won’t be firm and final until the official call to the meeting is sent in the next few days.

Regarding this decision, Colorado Republican Chairman Jeff Hays issued the following statement:

“Statute clearly assigns our vacancy committee the authority and responsibility to fill this seat. After careful consideration, we concluded it would be dereliction of duty to punt the appointment to Governor John Hickenlooper. We owe it to the people of House District 34 to give them the experience of ethical representation, which the Democrats, when they controlled the seat, signally failed to provide.

“It’s important to remember that Democratic leadership hushed up Rep. Lebsock’s harassment scandal in May 2016,” Hays continued. “Without the cover-up, it’s highly unlikely the Democratic nominee, Lebsock, would have won re-election in November 2016. If voters had known what Democratic leadership knew, they would have roundly rejected Lebsock.”

“We won’t reward the Democrats’ bad behavior by allowing them to choose the replacement for a representative who won his seat in November 2016 only thanks to their cover-up.”

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Background information

 

Top Colorado Democrat is under fire for her handling of sexual harassment complaint against fellow caucus member

By JOHN FRANK | The Denver Post | PUBLISHED: November 14, 2017 at 9:04 am | UPDATED: November 15, 2017 at 9:16 am

https://www.denverpost.com/2017/11/14/crisanta-duran-steve-lebsock-sexual-harassment/

“I think respecting (Winter’s) privacy is important, but it’s not the only consideration,” Wist said, adding that Duran needed “transparency in the body to make sure members and folks here in the Capitol were safe.”

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Speaker Crisanta Duran needs to resign for covering up harassment scandal

By REP. DAVE WILLIAMS | Guest Commentary | PUBLISHED: November 17, 2017 at 12:27 pm | UPDATED: November 17, 2017 at 12:57 pm

https://www.denverpost.com/2017/11/17/speaker-crisanta-duran-needs-to-resign-for-covering-up-harassment-scandal/?clearUserState=true

Kyle Clark of 9News made a very valid point during a recent broadcast of his nightly program. He said the only reason that action is being taken against Lebsock now is not because leadership discovered this scandal, but because the public became aware of this scandal.

Just like Hollywood covering up for Harvey Weinstein for so long, so too has the Colorado Democratic House leadership indirectly caused abuse of additional victims.

As a state legislator, I realize that the people have given us a sacred trust. They expect us to conduct the people’s business in an ethical and upright manner. That trust has been violated, not only by Lebsock but also by Duran, Garnett, and any other leaders who knew about this, yet did nothing to prevent future abuses.

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EDITORIAL: House Speaker Duran should do the ‘right thing,’ too — step down from leadership

By Dave Perry November 13, 2017

https://www.sentinelcolorado.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-house-speaker-duran-must-right-thing-step-leadership/

Accounts by Winter and fellow Democrats made it clear that when Duran, a Denver Democrat and House Majority leader, was elected to the House Speaker position later that year, she was well aware of the Lebsock scandal, and that other women had made similar complaints.

Yet, after becoming speaker, Duran appointed Lebsock chairman of the House Local Government Committee. When news of this scandal broke Friday, she revoked his leadership position based on public accounts she’d known about for months. Duran called on Lebsock to “do the right thing,” and resign from the Legislature.

There were no shortage of qualified and willing Democratic House members able to lead the Local Government Committee, and there are no shortage of qualified and capable Democratic legislators who can lead the House.

Clearly, Duran is not among them and should step down from that post.