2 Colorado Republican state senators accused of sexual harassment

DENVER -- There were new sexual harassment allegations at the State Capitol on Thursday night.

Two Republican senators face accusations of misconduct. At the same time, a new complaint was filed against already embattled Democratic Rep. Paul Rosenthal.

Republican Sens. Randy Baumgardner and Jack Tate have been accused of harassment in a report published first by Colorado Public Radio KUNC.

Two female aides accused the senators of making inappropriate comments to them. One alleged Baumgardner pressured a  25-year-old to often drink with him.

Tate is accused of telling an 18-year-old what she needs to do to "move up" in the world.

"We take every allegation of harassment or misconduct seriously," Senate President Kevin Grantham said in a statement. "We ask those who feel they have been victims of harassment or inappropriate behavior at the general assembly to file an official complaint, in confidence that their anonymity and rights will be protected.

"Going forward, Senate Republican leaders cannot and will not be responding to unsubstantiated or anonymous allegations against members appearing in the press, which the existing complaint process is designed to handle."

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