As women who accused state Rep. Steve Lebsock of harassment looked on inside a somber chamber, the Colorado House of Representatives on Friday expelled the lawmaker from office in a vote the like of which hasn't been seen in more than a century. After a week of political infighting and complaints about due process, the vote brought to an abrupt conclusion the saga that began in November, when state Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster, became the first of five women to file complaints of sexual harassment against the former Democrat from Thornton. And Friday morning, it was Winter who set the tone for what would be a difficult, emotional day at the state Capitol. In her opening remarks, 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 sent a different message, making Lebsock the second legislator in the nation to be removed from office over harassment allegations since the rise of the #MeToo movement. Lebsock's accusers watched him — over a span of about seven hours — become a former state representative. "To all those… Read full this story
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