Action on sexual harassment complaint against Sen. Randy Baumgardner could come this week
Author: Marianne Goodland - February 12, 2018 - Updated: February 13, 2018
Colorado state Senate President Kevin Grantham of Canon City told reporters Monday morning that a decision about what action to take on a sexual harassment complaint against Sen. Randy Baumgardner could happen before the end of the week.
As reported first by KUNC, a sexual harassment complaint against the Hot Sulphur Springs Republican was found to be credible by a third-party investigator, according to the woman who filed the complaint. She has asked not to be identified but is a former legislative aide. Baumgardner has denied the claims.
In the past week, Senate Democrats have called on Baumgardner to resign, and Senate Democratic leader Lucia Guzman of Denver announced she would no longer participate in leadership discussions of consequences.
Grantham said he found Guzman’s decision unfortunate. First, she wanted to be included in the decision-making and then she didn’t, he said. “We’re getting mixed signals on an hourly basis.”
Grantham also pointed out that no one has seen the investigation report, so claims that the complaint was found credible is missing context. “Don’t put too much into ‘credible’ until you see the report.” However, that report is confidential, and Grantham noted the only two people who could release it are Baumgardner and the complainant, and he opined releasing the report might not be in their best interests.
Senate Democrats claim the lack of action on the complaint indicates Republican leaders are unwilling to punish Baumgardner, who chairs both the Senate Transportation Committee and the Capital Development Committee. He also sponsors the Senate Republicans’ top priority bill, Senate Bill 1, on funding for transportation projects.
“No one in this room wants this behind us more than the Senate president,” Grantham said.