Hearings begin on complaint against Colorado lobbyist
DENVER (AP) – A joint House and Senate ethics committee has begun hearings on a complaint against a lobbyist after a Colorado lawmaker says the lobbyist threatened him.
Rep. Wes McKinley, a Democrat from Walsh, says lobbyist Nate Gorman shook his fist and “threatened to cut out my lying tongue” during confrontations over McKinley’s bill that would bar the sale of a Trinidad nursing home.
Gorman, who represents military veterans on the bill, denied making any threats.
Under legislative rules the three-member panel will hold hearings and report back to the Legislature on April 16. If charges are upheld, Gorman could be admonished or suspended from lobbying.