Lebsock releases manifesto day before start of Colorado legislative session
Author: Marianne Goodland - January 9, 2018 - Updated: January 11, 2018
UPDATED: 4 p.m., with comments from Rep. Matt Gray on his resolution.
In his continuing efforts to keep from getting kicked out of the Colorado House, Rep. Steve Lebsock of Thornton Tuesday released a 28-page manifesto that he sent to the entire House of Representatives.
The manifesto is dated Dec. 14 and “is in regards to the false allegations against me,” Lebsock wrote in its introduction.
He said in the document that he wrote it to ensure that if House members decide to vote on expulsion, that they have both sides of the story before taking the vote. Fellow Democrat Rep. Matt Gray of Broomfield has stated he plans to run a resolution to expel Lebsock from his House District 34 seat.
*Gray told Colorado Politics that he initially had planned to introduce the resolution on the first day of the session. However, it’s clear now that the investigation will take longer, he said. “I don’t intend to force a vote” on the issue. While his intentions haven’t changed, he said he would wait for the results of the investigation.
Lebsock has been accused of sexual misconduct by Rep. Faith Winter of Westminster and several other woman at the state Capitol. House Majority Leader KC Becker of Boulder told Colorado Public Radio Monday that an investigation into those allegations is not expected to be concluded for several more weeks.
Gray intends to run his resolution anyway, stating that he didn’t want women at the Capitol to have to interact with Lebsock. It would take a two-thirds vote of the House to expel Lebsock, or roughly 44 votes.
The manifesto includes the results of two polygraph exams Lebsock took, attempting to prove his innocence against allegations by Winter and by former lobbyist Holly Tarry. It also included two letters Lebsock sent “to whom it may concern,” explaining his side of the story.
Along with the manifesto, Lebsock released a letter sent to him by Becker on Dec. 14 that advised him not to publicly release the Tarry complaint. Investigation records are confidential, Becker wrote. Releasing “sensitive information may be construed as retaliation” under the General Assembly’s Workplace Harassment Policy.
Lebsock, in a handwritten note on Becker’s letter, said that Winter and Tarry had repeatedly gone to the press to discuss the complaint. In a Dec. 14 email sent to Becker, Lebsock said he was being denied due process. “The campaign against me was in the press for political motivations,” Lebsock wrote.
He added a handwritten note on the printed copy of the email that “Faith should resign immediately.”
Winters, in a statement to Colorado Politics, said, “Representative Lebsock continues to impugn me and the others who have named him publicly or in complaints. By trying to publicly shame and embarrass the women who have come forward, he is demonstrating classic bullying behavior and I ask him to stop. I’m focused on getting to the work I was sent here to do, and I look forward to working on behalf of the people in my district on critical issues ahead of us this legislative session.”