Democratic state senator resigns amid ethics inquiry |

Democratic state senator resigns amid ethics inquiry

DENVER – Democratic state Sen. Deanna Hanna resigned Wednesday, saying a scandal over her request for a campaign contribution from a group that supported her opponent would hurt her party’s chances of keeping its majority.”No single member’s tenure is more significant than the continuing role of the Senate,” she told colleagues. “While it is with personal sadness that I have reached my decision, I cannot let my personal feelings distract from the important work to be accomplished.”Hanna, of Lakewood, had sought $1,400 from the Colorado Association of Realtors. She has said the request was not meant as a threat to oppose the group’s interests.She said her resignation is effective March 22 and refused further comment.It was the second political casualty in a week over ethical questions.On March 2, Republican Rep. Joe Stengel of Littleton stepped down as House minority leader after an ethics complaint over his decision to draw state pay for time he was on vacation. He has said he was entitled to the pay because he did state work on those days. Stengel did not give up his House seat.Sen. Ken Gordon, D-Denver, who filed the complaint against Hanna, said she was afraid of an “ugly recall election” that could cost Democrats her seat and control of the Senate. Democrats now control the chamber by 18-17.

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