At a raucous meeting hosted Thursday by the Colorado Department of Transportation and <a href="http://www.coloradoindependent.com/164045/colorado-cdot-i-70-elyria-swansea" target="_blank">hijacked by angry residents</a> of the Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods in central Denver, the presence of three members of the Legislature made a splash.
There was state Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran in the front row mostly watching and listening to the angry residents. They're all her District 5 constituents. And there standing at the back were reliably outspoken members of the House chamber Reps. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, and Dan Pabon, D-Denver. They stood just watching, too, their lips sealed, their heads turning this way and that way as people at the front of the crowd made points and audience members shouted in response.