Opinion | Mike Littwin: It was cleanup time at the state Senate, and Baumgardner was swept out | SummitDaily.com

Opinion | Mike Littwin: It was cleanup time at the state Senate, and Baumgardner was swept out

Mike Littwin
Fair and unbalanced

As you’ve probably heard, Randy Baumgardner, the oft-accused sexual harasser who survived an expulsion vote last session, has now resigned from the state Senate. But only after considerable, um, encouragement.

It’s kind of fitting, I guess, but you could say Baumgardner was basically harassed out of office.

It’s a new day, with new consequences. No one could have imagined a year ago that Baumgardner would have been forced to resign, that Steve Lebsock would have been expelled, that the #MeToo movement would have dominated the last session of the legislature.

Democrats are in the majority now, and they wanted Baumgardner out last April. The Republican leadership, which had done all it could to protect Baumgardner when it held a one-vote majority, is now in the minority and probably relieved to see him go.

Read the full column at Colorado Independent.


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