#MeTooCity of DenverLegislatureNews

Insights: Sexual harassment victims and accusers deserve a better process

Author: Joey Bunch - March 13, 2018 - Updated: March 13, 2018

"There is a cultural shift happening," Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran of Denver tweeted the day Rep. Steve Lebsock was expelled from the Capitol's legislature, the second state lawmaker nationally to be swept away by the #MeToo tide, with Arizona Rep. Don Shooter. Lebsock quickly left the building. Thanks, Steve, said no one. It was an agonizing seven hours of testimony about his alleged prevalent sexual harassment. Several of his then-fellow legislators urged him to quit. The number of accusers, the number of allegations and the number of times Lebsock sought to retaliate ultimately delivered a landslide vote.

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Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.