A Colorado Democrat whom feminine colleagues had accused earlier this yr of frequenting a ladies’s restroom contained in the Statehouse is resigning, a spokesman stated Wednesday.
State Sen. Daniel Kagan’s departure, efficient Jan. 11, will come because the Democrats retake the Colorado Senate majority following November’s elections, the Denver Publish reported.
MALE DEMOCRAT ACCUSED OF USING COLORADO SENATE’S WOMEN’S RESTROOM ‘MULTIPLE TIMES’
“It’s been an awesome honor to serve the individuals of Colorado for simply in need of a decade,” Kagan stated in an announcement. “An essential obligation of leaders, I imagine, is to be open to acknowledging that it’s time to cross the torch to new management and, for me, that point is now.”
“An essential obligation of leaders, I imagine, is to be open to acknowledging that it’s time to cross the torch to new management and, for me, that point is now.”
Kagan was instrumental in repealing a 19th-century regulation that criminalized adultery, a regulation he considered giving authorities the facility to query individuals about their private lives, “which is a gross invasion of privateness that’s totally throughout the rights of the police proper now.”
However Republican state Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik stated a number of ladies claimed to have seen Kagan utilizing a ladies’s restroom a number of occasions since January 2017. She filed a office sexual harassment criticism in opposition to Kagan in March.
Kagan stated he’d entered the ladies’s restroom simply as soon as by mistake as a result of it was unlabeled. The debacle prompted the state Senate to submit indicators exterior its restroom designating “males” and “ladies,” Denver’s KUSA-TV reported.
“I requested for a public apology to all concerned, not a resignation,” Martinez Humenik stated Wednesday. “We’re nonetheless ready on his apology.”
Colorado GOP spokesman concurred, saying Kagan ought to have apologized relatively than “simply resigning to keep away from having to have a look at them.”
Colorado Public Radio reported earlier this yr that Kagan was amongst a gaggle of Democratic senators who’ve referred to as for the ouster of Republican state Sen. Randy Baumgardner, amid accusations that he groped an aide in 2016.
“Many butt-slappers and thigh-strokers fancy that they’re merely flirting and flattering,” Kagan stated earlier than the Senate.
Fox Information’ Dom Calicchio contributed to this report.