2 years after alleged harassment, Rep. Winter is going back to Stoney’s

Author: Brandon Rittiman, 9News - May 9, 2018 - Updated: May 9, 2018

Colorado State Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster, is hugged after delivering remarks during a debate in the chamber whether to expel State Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, over sexual misconduct allegations against Winter and other peers Friday, March 2, 2018, in the State Capitol in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado state Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster, says she is returning tonight to the scene where she says she was sexually harassed by a fellow lawmaker last year — the legislature’s annual after-party at Stoney’s bar in Denver.

On the last day of any legislative session, you’re bound to hear people in the halls of Colorado’s Capitol ask each other, “Are you going to Stoney’s?”

But this year, people walked in to the building wondering if the Stoney’s party still has a future.

State Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, was expelled this year after Winter complained that he repeatedly pressured her for sex at the party in 2016. It was the first time in more than a century a state lawmaker got booted out in Colorado.

Winter says she feels safer going to the party this year because problems in the Capitol’s workplace culture have been exposed.

“Everyone in this building deserves to celebrate tonight,” she said.

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Brandon Rittiman, 9News