You’ve Got To Be Kidding, Paul Rosenthal

A Tweet from Dan Haley, CEO of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association from that organization’s end-of-session debrief, provoked spit takes from, well, everyone who wasn’t in that energy industry-friendly room:

Full stop. It’s true that Rep. Paul Rosenthal, Democrat representing southeast Denver, lost the Democratic primary for re-election to his House seat after failing to qualify for the primary ballot at the assembly. But whatever votes Rosenthal may have taken on oil and gas during his time in the legislature, that was not the only reason, or even a principal reason, for his failure to win a spot on the 2018 ballot.

As our readers know well, Rep. Rosenthal was accused of several incidents of sexual harassment as part of the revelations of widespread harassment in the Colorado General Assembly that began last fall. One complaint failed because the alleged incident was from Rosenthal’s time as a candidate, not as a lawmaker where the House would have jurisdiction. But those allegations, combined with Rosenthal’s total lack of preparation for a competitive primary, are the real reasons why Rosenthal didn’t qualify for the ballot. As for Rosenthal’s voting record in the House, we believe liberal Denver voters would be at least as upset by his votes against relief for homeless people as his votes in favor of fracking.

Given the oil and gas industry’s recent push to highlight their gender diversity and pay lip service to liberal social issues, the choice of COGA’s CEO to give a platform to a disgraced lawmaker who lost his seat over sexual harassment allegations in order to make excuses for his disgrace is…well, it says a lot.

And it doesn’t say anything good about the oil and gas industry.

5 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Voyageur says:

    Honestly, isn't it an article of cpols faith that there IS nothing good about the oil and gas industry?

  2. JohnInDenver says:

    In the caucus I attended, the activists who interacted with Rep. Rosenthal did not mention his oil and gas votes. Nor did they say anything absolutely against the homelessness legislation — though there were some concerns voiced about ignoring relief in any form. And while a couple of people mentioned the accusations of harassment, most seemed to accept the resolution of issues and weren't certain things were clear enough to justify removal.

    When 3 of the 20 or so in the room mentioned negative interactions during efforts to speak with Paul Rosenthal about issues, people sat up and took notice. Those complaints swayed votes. Add the fact that Rosenthal didn't have an organized presence in the caucus to provide a solid response. Delegates weren't selected primarily on their stance about the House race — but the 3 selected from our precinct went on their way with a negative impression of Rosenthal.

  3. bullshit! says:

    None of these losers can admit the simple fact that they need to keep their fucking hands to themselves. Lebsock runs to Trump and Rosenthal runs to Big Oil hoping to explain away the obvious. Pols is right. It's a disgrace.

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