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CO House Ousts Lawmaker Accused of Sexual Harassment

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The Colorado House of Representatives expelled state Rep. Steve Lebsock from office in a vote the like of which hasn’t been seen in more than a century. In Nov., state Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster, became the first of 5 women to file complaints of sexual harassment against Lebsock.  In her opening remarks on Friday, she told the House that voting to keep Lebsock in office would send a signal to women and victims of sexual harassment throughout the state that “our voices don’t matter.” Instead, by a 52-9 vote, lawmakers made Lebsock the second legislator in the nation to be removed from office over harassment allegations since the rise of the #MeToo movement. In apparent retaliation, Lebsock changed his party affiliation to GOP before his exit, which could affect the balance of power when his seat is filled.

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