WATCH: Colorado Senate debates whether to expel state Sen. Randy Baumgardner over sexual harassment allegations
The Colorado State Senate is currently debating whether it will vote to expel Sen. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, after several accusations of sexual harassment have come forward in the last several months.
Baumgardner resigned from his chairmanship of the senate’s transportation committee in February.
Baumgardner continued to deny the allegations made against him during a press conference he held in his senate office in February to announce his stepping down from his chairmanship.
“The allegations made against me in this complaint are not true,” Baumgardner said. “Despite the findings of the investigations I believe it to be flawed, inaccurate, incomplete and biased. I am taking these steps voluntarily now in hopes that it will bring this matter to a conclusion.”
In addition to resigning from his chairman post, Baumgardner has agreed to attend sensitivity training at the request of State Senate President Kevin Grantham.
“I went to see President Grantham this morning to discuss how we could put some of this controversy behind us,” Baumgardner said. “It is obvious that this is beginning to impede the important work we do here at the capitol.”
Baumgardner said he asked Grantham if it would help matters if he stepped down from his chairmanship of the transportation committee.
“Although this is painful for me to do so, in many ways, because I have worked on these issues for years, I think it is probably one of the best things I can do at this time,” he said.
Grantham and Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert echoed Baumgardner’s claims of bias from the senate-initiated investigation into the complaints.
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