Colorado State Rep. Steve Lebsock, Thornton Democrat, is expelled from office

March 13, 2018: Colorado State Rep. Steve Lebsock was expelled from the Colorado State House of Representatives on Friday, March 2, 2018, as Lebsock faces allegations of sexual harassment. . Lebsock, of Thornton, in November, 2017, was publicly accused by State Rep. Faith Winter, Westminster Democrat, and two other women of sexual harassment. The three women, and two others who haven’t come forward publicly, filed a series of formal complaints that an independent investigator determined were credible. Lebsock was a Democrat, but he changed his political party affiliation just before he was formally expelled. Lebsock’s change in party affiliation set up a scenario under which his newly vacated seat could fall into Republican hands. Lebsock’s departing shot at his party won’t change the balance of power in the House, however. With Lebsock gone, Democrats currently hold 36 seats and the Republicans have 28. The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office said Stephen James Lebsock, of Thornton, became a Republican at 3:17 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2018—roughly about the same time he took to the House floor to declare, amid tears, “I know the vote count right now.”

Attribution: The Denver Post

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