That’s the box Democrats are checking when it comes to their relationship with their elected officials.
Denver Mayor Michael Han(d)cock now admits he sexually harassed an employee on his security detail in 2012, after the accusation and proof were made public this week.
Hancock has apologized, and “taken responsibility” for these action, and said Denver police Det. Leslie Branch-Wise showed courage in coming forward.
Hancock called the situation “wrought with politics,” noting that an anonymous letter sent to Denver7 and other media outlets that claimed harassment by him contained other allegations he deemed “slanderous.”
What else was Hancock accused of? The media aren’t telling us.
Maybe it has something to do with the Denver Players and Denver Sugar prostitution scandal that erupted right after he was elected mayor.
Hancock’s name and cell phone number appeared on their client list, but Hancock’s campaign manager denied Hancock was ever a customer.
Maybe we’ll find out more when Hancock’s reelection campaign kicks into high gear.
Meanwhile, state Rep. Steve Lebsock, who is embroiled in his own sexual harassment scandal, says a vote scheduled for Friday to oust him by fellow Democrats is also wrought with politics.
Lebsock says the Democratic Party is throwing him under the bus in order to save the state Senate campaign of Democratic Rep. Faith Winter, his chief accuser. Democrats only need to take one Senate seat to take control of the upper chamber.
We’ll have to wait to see if Morgan Carroll comes out and demands Mayor Hancock resign like she has for state Sen. Randy Baumgardner and Lebsock — but maybe the Hancock allegations weren’t part of her grand state Senate strategy.
Like we said, it’s complicated.