Post-Holbert Coverup, Take Two on Baumgardner Expulsion

Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert (R).

As the Denver Post reports, the new recently-exposed additional confirmation of serial sexual harassment by GOP Sen. Randy “Boob Grabber” Baumgardner is moving Senate Democrats to once again attempt a late resolution to expel Baumgardner from the chamber–a move likely to be killed by GOP Senate leadership, which appears to have cast any pretense of holding their members accountable for sexual harassment aside:

Because it’s past the deadline to file resolutions and bills, the rules dictate that the chamber’s Republican leaders would need to consent to its introduction.

“They don’t want that,” said Sen. Rhonda Fields, an Aurora Democrat who is pushing for resolution. “I don’t think it’s going to happen, but it’s a request I felt like needed to be made.”

Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert, who as we discussed yesterday appears to have helped suppress this latest investigative report ahead of the first vote to expel Sen. Baumgardner, is using that delay to deflect from Senate Democrats’ request for a new resolution to expel:

“Don’t shortcut the process,” Holbert said. “…We’ve now had a chance to read them. And now we need to come back and meet and agree how we’re going to move forward.”

Holbert’s disingenuous call for everyone to ‘slow down’ since Senators “had just received reports on the latest investigation Friday” is undermined by the ample evidence the vote to expel Baumgardner was deliberately scheduled to maneuver around this second investigation–an investigation that validates the original complaints agfainst Baumgardner, and further underscores Baumgardner’s serial harassment of women at the state capitol. Although Senate staff had the new report, it wasn’t released to the victims because Baumgardner had refused to be interviewed. Between Baumgardner’s obstruction and the willingness of Senate leadership to proceed as if he wasn’t obstructing, Republicans had enough manufactured uncertainty to justify among themselves voting against expulsion.

And now it appears they’re going to run out the clock–no matter what else comes out, no matter how bad it looks.

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  1. blacksheep says:

    The second investigation doesn't contain anything new. It just says what the first one says because it uses the same sources. It is all based on the same hearsay evidence that would never pass in a court of law. Randy's enemies are exploiting the metro movement for political gains! That's why the vote to expel failed, not new information they didn't have.

    • unnamed says:

      Want to tell us what the "metro movement" is?

    • spaceman65 says:

      Explain why the "same hearsay evidence" would never pass in a court of law, with citations to the Colorado Rules of Evidence.

    • The realist says:

      Well, unnamed and spaceman65, I think you've just asked questions beyond blacksheep's pay grade . . . so to speak . . .

    • Davie says:

      So according to the Denver Post, these aren't just a rehash, and the investigating team got Kevin Grantham's blessing:

      An outside investigation validated two additional complaints, one filed by a male staffer and supported by others alleging the lawmaker created a hostile and offensive work environment, and another who accused him of acting inappropriately with a female intern, according to a report by public radio station KUNC.

      And this time Grantham acknowledged that the inquiry was done “in a much more professional manner.”

      I guess there's a new shill in town…

  2. notaskinnycook says:

    Aw, don't pick on the poor shill. He's doing the best he can in Moddy's absence. He may even be one of his sock-puppets. Speaking of Moddy, I hope someone took him back inside. I put him out on the porch railing for some air and light, but when I returned, he was missing. Anyone know anything about his whereabouts?



    • Voyageur says:

      I'm a little worried about Moddy, Cookie.  WhereI I come from, any plant outdoors gets sprayed with Roundup as a matter of course.😕

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      Lies of course but can string together a few sentences.  Will be interesting to see if there are any clarifications to the broad brush dismissals like facts.  Won't hold my breath but you never know.

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