There’s a stark difference in how Republicans are treating sexual misconduct charges among those in their own party in Washington, and Democrats are handling a similar situation back home in Colorado.
When charges first surfaced against Roy Moore of Alabama, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner threatened to withhold funds for Moore’s Senate race from the senatorial committee he chairs.
Now, Gardner is leading the charge for Moore to end his candidacy and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is backing up Gardner.
“I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office,” Gardner said in a statement. “If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.”
Meanwhile back in Colorado where sexual harassment charges are handled by the House Speaker, Crisanta Duran is addressing the claims against Democratic State Rep. Steve Lebsock by calling for training sessions to prevent future problems.
Republican Senate President Kevin Grantham went a step further, calling for an online reporting system to ensure confidentiality and make it more comfortable for victims to state their claims.
If the rumors of Lebsock’s alleged behavior were as widespread for years as folks are saying, then Duran should have handled it long before now. Perhaps she is the one who needs training.