Top Colorado Democrat faces call for resignation, independent probe amid Lebsock sexual harassment scandal

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 12:09:36 AM. House Speaker Crisanta Duran under fire for how she handled Steve Lebsock harassment complaint.
Colorado’s top Democratic lawmaker is under fire for how she handled a sexual harassment complaint against a member of her party amid a call for an independent investigation. House Speaker Crisanta Duran appointed Rep. Steve Lebsock as chairman of the Local Government Committee in 2016 despite knowing about a sexual harassment allegation made against him by another lawmaker. The situation was detailed in a Denver Post story Friday as Rep. Faith Winter came forward to detail how Lebsock described sexual acts and tried to get her to leave with him from a legislative party in May 2016. Duran declined to comment Friday on why she appointed Lebsock, D-Thornton, to serve in a position of power seven months after learning of Winter’s encounter. The Denver Democrat did call on Lebsock to resign and temporarily removed him as chairman after Winter went public with her story. The Post later talked to two more women who put their names to claims that Lebsock sexually harassed them. The Aurora Sentinel newspaper editorial board on Monday called on Duran to resign from her leadership position, and Rep. Lois Landgraf, a Fountain Republican, demanded an investigation from the attorney general’s office, alleging a “cover-up.” “The fact that you placed a known harasser with multiple accusations against him in a position of power over us, lobbyists and interns shows an incredible lapse of judgment,” Landgraf wrote in a letter to Duran. “You put us all at great risk.” Duran and Senate President...Read more
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