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Colorado lawmaker faces potential disciplinary action after sexual harassment complaint deemed credible

John Frank
The Denver Post
Randy Baumgardner

A top Republican lawmaker in Colorado is facing potential disciplinary action for sexual harassment after an outside investigation deemed a complaint credible.

State Sen. Randy Baumgardner, the former majority whip, allegedly slapped and grabbed the buttocks of a legislative aide about four times during the 2016 legislative session inside the Capitol building during work hours, according to a complaint.

A Senate staff member told the anonymous complainant Tuesday that “the evidence suggests there should be a consequence,” according to public radio station KUNC, which also first reported the allegations in November. The Denver Post independently confirmed the results of the investigation, which is the first known case involving complaints filed in recent months to move forward.

Baumgardner, a committee chairman who is sponsoring the top Republican priority this session, a transportation bill, declined to comment Thursday. When approached, he told The Post he would “talk in a bit,” but the Hot Sulphur Springs lawmaker later said he was too busy to answer questions.

Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert, who met with Baumgardner before the start of the day’s legislative session, said he could not comment on the status of the investigation or possible disciplinary action because he believes the workplace harassment policy makes him “bound by confidentiality.”

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