DENVER—Yesterday, the Denver Post released a story regarding charges of domestic violence against the House Majority Whip, leading the House minority leader to question the transparency and priority of House Democrats.
“I was saddened and disappointed when I read the news report regarding the past behavior of Representative Melton,” said Minority Leader Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock) “but what is most offensive is finding out that the Democrats continue to cover up the actions of their members while promoting them to positions of leadership within their caucus and in our state legislature, where their abusive behavior can continue. The people of Colorado deserve better.”
Earlier this year Republican leadership pointed to the fact that Speaker Duran and Assistant Majority Leader Alec Garnett knew about sexual harassment accusations against Representative Steve Lebsock but turned a blind eye to ensure his reelection and then promoted him to leadership positions within the Democrat caucus.
“And we all remember this past session when Representative Donald Valdez (D-La Jara) accused Melton of harassment and bullying in a disagreement over a legislative vote. This is what Colorado gets from the Democrats: a habitually abusive person in leadership in our legislature. This cover up of members’ behavior goes all the way back to the time when Ian Silverii was the House Democrat chief of staff and Speaker Duran was the Majority Leader. Yet both Silverii and Duran continue to be in significant positions of leadership within their party,” pointed out Neville.
Representative Kevin Wan Winkle (R- Highlands Ranch), agreed, saying, “I take threats of sexual harassment and domestic violence very seriously. This is why I have been working for years to try and bring transparency to these types of situations, only to have my work completely buried by the Democrats because it wasn’t politically convenient for them.”
Assistant Minority Leader Cole Wist (R-Centennial) added: “Sexual assault and domestic violence are wrong. Period. This is a time when leaders of both parties need to be calling for transparency and accountability. Instead, Democrats apply contradictory standards to drive political outcomes.”