House Republicans name new minority leader
March 3, 2006
DENVER ” House Republicans chose Rep. Mike May as their new minority leader Friday, replacing Joe Stengel, who stepped down amid ethical questions about collecting state pay for days he was on vacation.
May, who represents the Parker area south of Denver, had been assistant minority leader and has been working with Stengel on GOP plans to regain control of the House.
May said he will continue Stengel’s strategy but will bring his own style.
“I’ll continue to fight, perhaps with a smile on my face, but I will be fighting. It’s important that we’re heard on the House floor,” May said.
Stengel is known for his intensity, and Rep. Rep. Lynn Hefley, R-Colorado Springs, likened him to a “bulldog boxer.”
May defeated Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, in the secret ballot.
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Ted Harvey of Highlands Ranch was elected assistant minority leader, defeating Bob McCluskey of Fort Collins.
Republicans gave Stengel a standing ovation when he entered the room.