House GOP stays out of fray, has little to say on Jeffco rep’s jail time
Author: Dan Njegomir - December 15, 2016 - Updated: June 6, 2017
Republican leadership in the state House of Representatives is still withholding comment beyond a statement issued last week about one of its members jailed Friday for contempt of court in a divorce dispute.
As reported here Friday, state Rep. Tim Leonard, R-Evergreen, was sent to jail that afternoon for 14 days after a judge found him in contempt for violating terms of his 2013 divorce. According to the Colorado Independent, “Leonard ran afoul of Magistrate (Marianne Marshall) Tims in September over what the court said were multiple attempts to interfere with his ex-wife’s sole authority to make educational decisions for their four minor children.”
House GOP Minority Leader Patrick Neville of Castle Rock issued a brief statement Friday shortly after the incident:
“This must be a very difficult time for Representative Leonard and his family. I know he cares deeply for his children and my thoughts and prayers are with the Leonard family. “
That same day outgoing Democratic House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst issued a statement via the House majority press office essentially calling on House Republican Minority Leader Patrick Neville to remove Leonard from the House Education Committee:
“It is my duty to protect the integrity of the House of Representatives, and it is troubling when a member does not uphold the law…It is absurd to imagine Rep. Leonard taking a seat on the House Education Committee, to which he was reappointed just last week by Minority Leader Neville, and making important decisions for Colorado’s students when a judge has prohibited Rep. Leonard from making educational decisions regarding his own children.”
Reached for a response Tuesday to Hullinghorst’s remarks, House GOP Communications Director Joel Malecka said the House Republican leadership regards the incident as a personal matter and that no further statements would be forthcoming.
We’ll keep an ear to the rail on this story and keep you apprised as we learn more.