Top ranking Colo. Democrat resigns
Vail, CO Colorado
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.