BREAKING: Resolution Coming To Expel Rep. Lebsock

UPDATE #4: Denver7:

“If we don’t move forward with this expulsion, we are sending a very dangerous message that when we put on this badge, that we are held above accountability and reproach,” [Rep. Faith] Winter said. “The last thing I was thinking of when I came forward was politics. My whole goal in coming forward was to make sure this behavior stopped and that women in this building felt safe and felt like their voices were heard.”

Lebsock told Denver7 that he has no plans to resign. He will be given time to address the allegations against him on Friday, Becker said.

“I don’t think I’ll be expelled,” Lebsock told Denver7 in an interview Tuesday in which he continued to maintain the accusations against him were not credible. “The members of this body will see what’s going on and I will not be expelled….Over the coming weeks and months, the people of Colorado will have a greater picture about how the two-party system has failed us and how, literally, I’m being thrown underneath the bus.”


UPDATE #3: HOLD EVERYTHING, GOP Minority Leader Patrick Neville pumps the brakes:

Without GOP support, arithmetically the expulsion does not go forward. Tension mounts–


Rep. Steve Lebsock (D-Thornton).

UPDATE #2: The House will vote Friday on the resolution to expel Rep. Lebsock. 44 House members must vote to expel. Democrats hold a 37-seat majority (36+Lebsock).


UPDATE: Rep. Faith Winter, who was first to come forward:


Breaking word from the floor of the Colorado House moments ago: the independent investigation into alleged sexual harassment by Rep. Steve Lebsock has found credible 11 allegations of harassment from 5 women.

As a result of this finding, Rep. KC Becker announced that she will introduce a resolution to expel Rep. Lebsock from the Colorado House later today. The investigative report is not being made available to press, the public, or even legislative staff–only members for the purpose of considering the motion to expel Rep. Lebsock. This is reportedly the first attempt to expel a sitting legislator in the state of Colorado since 1915.

We’ll update shortly with coverage and responses from all parties. Stay tuned.

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  1. Diogenesdemar says:

    Buh-bye . . . 

    (PS – Don’t start having conniptions, Fluffy. Baumgardner and Tate are going to be safe just as long as Grantham remains in charge of the Senate’s sensitivity program.)

  2. Gilpin Guy says:

    In this case, it might be appropriate to chant: "Lock Him Up".

  3. RepealAndReplace says:

    This probably won't help his campaign for state treasurer.

  4. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    "GOP Minority Leader Patrick Neville pumps the brakes:" because he knows that if the Dimocrats expel of their own, then the pressure increases on the bad-boy GOPers.

  5. RepealAndReplace says:

    Extra security was on the House floor?

    What the hell was that? Good guys with guns? Hopefully no Broward County deputy sheriffs were called in.

  6. RepealAndReplace says:

    Nutlid hasn't been in here yet screeching about "Due Process?"

  7. ModeratusModeratus says:

    There are different legal standards that apply. A finding of "more likely than not" is not beyond a reasonable doubt, which is the standard for a criminal conviction. What is the standard for forcing a democratically elected official out of their position? I think it should be higher than "more likely than not."

    That should be the same for Democrats or Republicans.

    • unnamed says:



      This is not a decision as to whether Lebsock goes to jail.  It is a decision as to whether he can continue to excercise power as an elected official.  The threshold here is not like a criminal trial because this is not a criminal trial.  Are you just pretending to be this stupid, or are you really this stupid?

      • RepealAndReplace says:

        I'm reminded of what Gerald Ford once said when he introduced a resolution to impeach Justice William Douglas from the U.S. Supreme Court.

        "An impeachable offense is whatever the House of Representatives says that it is." (By 1973, of course, he backed off on that.) Same applies for expulsion by the Colorado House.

        Burn the witches!

    • spaceman65 says:

      Moddy, seriously?  The "more likely than not" standard, a/k/a the preponderance of the evidence standard, is the standard for civil liability in most civil lawsuits.  Billions of dollars in judgments rest on that standard and the determination by the fact-finders whether that standard has or has not been met.  Do you really think we need criminal standards of proof for holding an elected position against an expulsion effort?  Good thing is that it's also a political question that the governing bodies can decide themselves.  But you're all about due process for harassing legislators, even though they are all receiving exactly that through the political process.  Fact is, you just can't admit that the dems are appropriately trying to remove this guy, while the Gropers Old Party won't lift a finger to do what's right.

    • Genghis says:

      What is the standard for forcing a democratically elected official out of their position?

      Depends. If you're talking about recall, the standard is whatever 50% + of voters think it is. If you're talking expulsion from the state legislature, it's whatever 2/3 of the members of the chamber in question think it is. 

      Damn, you whities are dumb.

    • flatiron says:

      In a Title IX investigation, the standard is "more likely than not." It is not "beyond a reasonable doubt," the standard for a criminal case.

  8. Diogenesdemar says:

    Hmmmm . . . 

    Ok, then square that with your “foot dragging” charge of just a couple of days ago?

    Do you even know which side of the bed your toast is buttered on, Fluffy?

    I think the standard is “unfitness” — which Lebsock has demonstrated in spades.  He’ll still be free to fondle his neighbors’ wives and children if that makes him (and you) happy.

  9. MADCO says:

    The foot dragging is more likely to be a function of which party Lebsock is in.
    If he gets expelled as a D- new D.
    If instead he switches, well – not need to expel him

  10. RepealAndReplace says:

    "Literally, I'm being thrown under the bus."

    I don't think so. What a drama queen!

  11. Pseudonymous says:

    The super private investigation docs.  Via Westword.

    KC Becker Investigation Memo

    Investigatory docs


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