DENVER — The ongoing dispute between state Rep. Cheri Gerou and Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is looking like it may not be settled until next year’s possible Senate District 16 GOP primary.
A panel of three state lawmakers investigating an ethics complaint filed by Gerou against RMGO’s lobbyist, Joe Neville, released an inconclusive final report on Wednesday, deciding that it’s unable to rule on any possible ethics breach unless Neville answers more questions.
Neville, after attending one hearing, told the panel he would not be participating beyond that; and the ethics committee has broached the idea of subpoenaing him to return, although that would need the approval of legislative leadership — six members in all — at the Capitol.
More likely is that Gerou will look to settle this score next year against Joe’s father, Tim Neville, in a primary for the GOP nomination in Senate District 16.
Gerou, who’d long been dismissive of a possible Senate run against a vulnerable Democratic incumbent next year, has been hinting that she may be more open to a run.
Tim Neville, who RMGO’s Dudley Brown helped secure a vacant senate seat in November 2011 before reapportionment last year left him without a seat at all, is planning to challenge Nicholson.
Last year, Brown sent direct mail to Gerou’s constituents — “suppression fire” he calls it — advising them to pressure her not to support Democratic gun control measures that she opposed outright.
Gerou, believing Brown was trying to intimidate her out of a possible Senate run to clear the field for Neville, took issue with Joe Neville in Feburary just off the House floor during a debate over the gun control proposals and told him to “F*** off” after he smirked at her initial complaints.
Neville’s response to the F-bomb, telling Gerou she “just earned herself another round of mailers in her [House] district”, prompted the lawmaker to file an ethics complaint.
The incident and backstory is detailed in my recent 5280 Magainze profile, “Dudley Brown’s War.”