State Sen. Baumgardner stepping down from transportation committee amid harassment allegations

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DENVER — Colorado State Sen. Randy Baumgardner will step down as chairman of the transportation committee amid allegations of sexual harassment, he said Tuesday.

Baumagardner will also attend sensitivity training.

State Senate Democrats said his actions are not enough and said they will move forward with a resolution to expel Baumgardner.

“Since he has made clear he will not resign, our caucus is moving forward with a resolution to expel Sen. Baumgardner from the Colorado Senate. It has the unanimous support of all 16 of our senators,” the Colorado Senate Democrats Twitter post said.

During Tuesday’s news conference, Baumgardner added that he believes the accusations are “not true” and believes the investigation process is biased.

“The allegations made against me in this complaint are not true,” Baumgardner said.

Baumgardner, along with fellow Republican State Sen. Jack Tate, were accused of harassment in a report first published by Colorado Public Radio KUNC in November.

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.

“The fact that this senator, elected by his constituency to represent the best of what Colorado has to offer, is simply resigning as chairman of the Senate transportation committee and not leaving the Senate in whole, speaks volumes as to how the leadership views proven sexual assault perpetrated by him,” political analyst Andy Boian said.

“When is enough going to be enough?”

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