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Top ranking Colo. Democrat resigns

Steven K. Paulson
Associated Press
Vail, CO Colorado
This undated photo, supplied by the Colorado House, shows Democratic state Rep. Michael Garcia, of Aurora, Colo., the House assistant majority leader, who resigned Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, amid reports that he was accused of lewd behavior. (AP Photo/Colorado House)
AP | Colorado House

DENVER, Colorado ” Democratic state Rep. Michael Garcia, the House assistant majority leader, resigned Friday amid reports that he was accused of lewd behavior.

Garcia, of Aurora, was expected to release a statement later in the day. He has not commented publicly on the allegations.

The Denver Post and the political Web site FacetheState.com reported that a female lobbyist accused Garcia of lewd behavior in a bar. Neither identified the woman.



House Speaker Andrew Romanoff announced the resignation and said it was effective immediately.

House Minority Leader Mike May, a Republican from Parker, called Garcia’s resignation “a sad ending for a great legislative career.”



May said the resignation was proper if the allegations are true.

“That action by anyone is not appropriate, whether you’re in the Legislature or not,” May said.


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