Steve Lebsock is the first elected leader in America to prove his innocence since the #MeToo movement started in October of this year by passing a polygraph. Rep. Lebsock says he's ready to keep fighting and prepared to reveal the motives for the false claims. He has also stated that he is willing to take a polygraph regarding all of the allegations against him.
After waiting an unreasonable three weeks for the fact finder to contact him, Colorado State Representative Steve Lebsock, who was falsely accused of sexual harassment by fellow lawmaker Faith Winter, was exonerated this week when he voluntarily participated in and passed a polygraph test asking critical questions about allegations made against him by Faith Winter.
"I waited and waited for the Speaker's chosen fact finder to contact me, so I can tell my side of the story, interview my witnesses, and properly grant me the due process all Americans deserve in situations like mine. However, I have not been contacted yet, and I simply cannot wait any longer to tell my side of the story, which proves all of the allegations false. After learning that certain politicians seek to have me removed from the Legislature over false allegations against me, I decided to take action." says, Lebsock.
Rep. Lebsock was approached by the team at Accountability Polygraph Services to take the polygraph exam which focused on questions pertaining to the allegations from both Rep. Faith Winter and former lobbyist, Holly Tarry. In the exam Rep. Lebsock was first asked questions about Faith Winter's claim in the following order:
1) Question: "In May 2016 at Stoney's Bar, did you attempt to grab Faith's arm ( including her elbow )?"
Rep. Lebsock answer - "No."
2) Question: "In May 2016 at Stoney's Bar, did you grab Faith's arm (including her elbow)?"
Rep. Lebsock answer - "No."
3) Question: "In May 2016 at Stoney's Bar, did you touch Faith's buttocks?"
Rep. Lebsock answer - "No."
4) Question: "Since May 2016, did Faith ask you to have Adam (Matkowsky) drop out of the state senate race?"
Rep. Lebsock answer - "Yes."
The examiner stated, "It is the examiner's professional opinion that Mr. Lebsock was being truthful on all of the above-listed questions". In other words, Steve Lebsock is stating the truth, and Faith Winter's allegations are false. The news was met with elation from Steve's supporters who knew the entire time that he was innocent and the allegations untrue.
"Three U.S. Marine Corps values are Honor, Courage & Commitment. This is the bedrock of our character. It is the quality that empowers Marines to exemplify the ultimate in ethical and moral behavior. This creed is something I have lived by and made my philosophy even after leaving the Marine Corps. The American people deserve elected leaders who tell the truth, fight for them and never give up when others try to destroy you for their own self-interests. The lesson for us all is that when you are wrongly attacked, you must stand up and fight for what's true. When people like me are wrongfully accused by powerful interests with political motivations, it is evil and diminishes the real victims of the #metoo movement who deserve justice." stated, Lebsock.
Rep. Lebsock will be traveling the state and country for media interviews so he can shed a bright light on the deep corruption in our political system and discuss how some have determined that they must win at all cost.
"The current political system values winning at all cost above doing what is right.", Lebsock stated.
State Representative Steve Lebsock will be scheduling a formal press conference in Denver Thursday December 14, 2017 at 1525 Sherman Street. The press conference will be in room 603, 6th floor, at 1pm. He also will be continuing his race for Colorado State Treasurer in 2018 and talking to voters about how we must take back our political system and fight for our shared American values including honor, courage, and commitment.
"I will always fight for you, our rights, and our civil liberties. While I am here, nobody, not even the insiders and power brokers, will take that away from us.", Lebsock stated.
On November 10, 2017 allegations were reported in the press. On that day, I sent a press release asking the accusers to submit formal complaints through the professional process established at the State Capitol, not just through the press. I did this purposefully so that the accusations could be documented officially. I take these allegations seriously. On November 11, 2017, I sent out a second press release stating, in part, that I was sorry for any pain I have caused. In addition, my statement included that I would send out another press release by November 30, 2017.
On November 13, 2017 I met with OLLS, attorney staff, at the capitol and stated that I had documented my side of the story and am eager to submit my response to the allegations. I was informed at that time that no formal complaints had been submitted. I expressed my desire to submit my response to the allegations as soon as possible. I was reminded that if a formal complaint was filed in the future, I would have an opportunity to submit my response to any complaint directly to the fact finder/s.
On November 15, 2017 I was notified that two formal complaints had been submitted as I requested. I was notified that an organization outside the capitol would conduct the fact finding and conduct interviews regarding the alleged incidents.
I will cooperate with the fact finding. I have not yet been contacted by the assigned fact finder/s. When I am contacted by the fact finder/s, I will submit my official responses to the two formal complaints. Ultimately the truth will come out. This situation is challenging as there are some who are eager for my complete story to come out in the press. I want to thank the dozens of people who have called, emailed, texted, and met with me over the last couple weeks showing your support. I am asking folks to be patient. The truth will come out. The first step is cooperating with the fact finder/s who will be assigned. Most of what has been reported is one sided. Please understand that it is important for me to be as respectful as I possibly can to those who have submitted formal complaints and to the fact finding process.
There have been a number of threats made towards me after the allegations were reported in the press. Two individuals have offered me jobs if I resign. One is a Facebook friend of Faith Winter. The other is a prominent figure in democratic Colorado politics. I believe asking me to resign and offering a job as a reward for that resignation is telling. Faith Winter is currently one of two democratic candidates running for the State Senate seat that democrats must "flip" in order for democrats to take control of the Colorado State Senate. Republicans currently hold a 18-17 majority in the Colorado State Senate. There will be immense pressure on many to accept the allegations as reported in the press because of the priority to flip this seat in 2018 and to get this situation in the rear view mirror as quickly as possible. However, a quick resignation for "the good of the party", although expedient for some in political circles will not allow for fair fact finding and due process. There are some who asked for my resignation literally within hours of the allegations and before I have had an opportunity to tell my side of the story. Taking the alleged incidents seriously and respecting due process is imperative. It is important that the entire truth be revealed to Colorado citizens. Some of the alleged incidents have been significantly exaggerated. Other accusations are completely false. I renew my ask for patience and allow the fact finder, who gets assigned, to do her/his job. I have documented my side of the story and dated it. I chose to do this early on in the process.
I have dedicated most of my adult life to fighting for the people of Colorado from my service in the United States Marine Corps to my service to the people of Colorado as a Colorado State Representative. All I am asking for is due process. After all of this is over, I look forward to continuing my service to the people of Colorado. I also plan on being part of the important national conversation on how we can continuously improve and how we might treat each other with respect and love.
I am writing this in response to the Denver Post story and other stories told to media outlets by three women...Faith, Holly and Cassie.
I have come to realize that it does not matter that, at the time, I may have perceived my words as playful. It does not matter that, at the time, I may have felt that we were flirting. It does not matter that, at the time, I may have felt what I said was ok. It does not matter that I may not remember the exact words which were hurtful. It does not matter that, at the time, I thought we were joking. The only thing that matters is how I made these three women feel. I am sorry.
The best thing we can do with our lives is to relieve someone's pain. If that is true, and I believe it to be true. Then, the worst thing we can do in our life is cause someone pain. Last night, I realized the pain I have caused Faith, Holly and Cassie.
I am sorry.
I will make a statement regarding my current position as a State Representative and State Treasurer candidate by November 30, 2017.
I am sincerely sorry for offending my colleague Faith Winter.
There have been some serious allegations made through the press over the last 24 hours.
I do not remember ever saying anything inappropriate to State Representative Faith Winter on the last day of session in May of 2016 (18 months ago).
I am respectfully asking any anonymous accusers and State Representative Faith Winter to submit any official complaint, through the normal professional process not just through the media. There is a professional, responsible process established by the Office of Legal Services for any accusations from employees of the State or anyone doing business at the State Capitol. I will honestly and thoughtfully submit my response to any allegation.
I have done nothing that can be described as criminal. Nothing.
The people of Colorado are tired of dirty politics and tired of anything that appears underhanded or out of bounds will not be accepted by our citizens.
We should take these accusations seriously, and through the normal legal channels.
18 months ago, I sincerely apologized to State Representative Faith Winter for offending her.
State Representative Faith Winter emailed me approximately 10 days after the last day of session May of 2016. I asked, but, was never told specifically what I said which she felt was offensive. I read her side of the story, 18 months later today, in the press.
Again, I renew my heartfelt apology to State Representative Faith Winter.
I will be honest during this process, and hope others will be honest also. We can be respectful to the process and respectful to everyone involved.
At the end of the road, I believe this experience will help me become a better person and I only hope the very best for everyone involved.
I have worked my entire adult life protecting women, children and the most vulnerable. I will continue fighting for working class families and people without a voice at the capitol.