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.