Before he was expelled by House colleagues on Friday, former representative Steve Lebsock decided to officially switch his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican throwing a goodbye wrench at an already complicated situation.
Emotional debate about sexual harassment, bullet-proof vests and an eleventh-hour party affiliation switch highlighted a historic day in the Colorado House of Representatives.
Colorado Senate president calls for criminal investigation of alleged sexual harassment at the Capitol
Colorado Senate President Kevin Grantham said that some alleged incidents rise “to the level of assault.”
Ex-legislative aide Cassie Tanner alleges Democratic Rep. Steve Lebsock unbuttoned her blouse at a bar in 2015.
Rep. Steve Lebsock fires back at fellow Democrats in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, Republican hugs
"Thank you to several Republican House members coming up to me and giving me hugs."
The Denver Democrat drew applause in declaring on Wednesday's opening day that "there is no place for harassment, hate speech or discrimination in this chamber."
There's a sense of urgency on this issue as the 2018 legislative session starts in a few short weeks with a cloud over it.
A Colorado state representative accused of sexually harassing a fellow Democratic lawmaker and two other women says he's the one being harassed.
Colorado Rep. Steve Lebsock to make statement on bid for state treasurer seat before end of November
The announcement comes after widespread reports from female lawmakers, lobbyists and staff members accusing Lebsock, a Thornton Democrat, of sexual harassment.
One lobbyist described sexual harassment at the Colorado State Capitol as a problem that "crosses party lines and has been happening for generations."
Nearly 100 artists participated in the week-long Colorado Crush street art festival that wrapped up its seventh year on Sunday.