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January 24, 2008 08:32 PM UTC

House Votes to Censure Bruce; Lundberg Dissents

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  • by: Colorado Pols

From the Rocky Mountain News:

The Colorado House voted 62-1 today to censure Rep. Douglas Bruce for kicking a Rocky photographer on the House floor last week.

Bruce stood on the side of the chamber, not in the well as could have been required, as the censure was read aloud this morning.

The censure rebuked him for violating the House decorum and “ordinary standards of decency,” by using physical force against Javier Manzano as the photographer crouched before the standing Bruce during the ceremonial morning prayer.

It was the first censure in the 131-year history of the Colorado legislature,

“We need to lead by example,” said Rep. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, co-chair of the committee that recommended censure.

“Violence can not be tolerated in this house.”…

…Rep. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud was the lone vote against censure; rules barred Bruce from voting.

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19 thoughts on “House Votes to Censure Bruce; Lundberg Dissents

    1. If you work with 63 colleagues that you need support and votes from and 62 of them think you are loser I think you are going to have a hard time getting anything accomplished.

          1. uhh yeah, Douglas, we’re having a little decorum problem around here. Could you take care of that? That’d be greeaat. Oh, and don’t kick the reporters ok? Yeah, that’d be great.  

  1. At the end of the article it talks about how Bruce is preparing a missive of several pages addressed to his “executioner,” Andrew Romanoff.

    This will be fun.

  2. ….but by a lopsided vote, the members rejected his request.  Mike May rather charitably said that the proposed written rebuttal contained “some inaccuracies”!

      I’m looking forward to what he does next.  

    1. He’s already posted it on his website, and so appropriately titled his 7 page defense piece as “The Nudge.”

      Oh Doug, you’re such a comedian! Anytime you see Bruce, under his own definition, we can give him a nice swift “nudge” to the ass for being such an ass.

      1. Shorter Doug Bruce:

        “But, but…I bought everyone Jelly Bellies!  And now I’m never talking to the News or Post again!  So there.

        He’s nucking futs!

  3. Like making the tough promises, such as swearing to never take off his coat! I have the best rep. in the state, I am sure of it.

    From his letter:

    “I had already decided I will never remove my coat, even when allowed. President Ronald Reagan did the same when inside the Oval Office. I did the same during commission meetings. It was even a campaign promise of mine.”  

    1. From his email threatening not to show up on the first day of the legislative session:

      “I also think it is unreasonable to expect me to get up at 5 a.m. and leave my house in Colorado Springs before 6 a.m. in order to sit in rush hour traffic and unknown weather, in the hopes of arriving before 8 a.m. to rush onto the House floor to take an oath two hours earlier than the start of the day’s session, for no good reason, and in a near-empty chamber.

      Fight for your right to sleep late on the taxpayers’ dime, Doug!  Fight!

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