Colorado GOP to appoint Lebsock replacement

DENVER (AP) - Majority Democrats in Colorado's House are losing one seat following the expulsion of Rep. Steve Lebsock on sexual misconduct allegations.

Colorado's Republican Party said Friday a GOP vacancy committee will appoint a replacement for the suburban Denver district.

Republicans get the seat because Lebsock changed his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican during the House debate on March 2 before his expulsion.

The GOP suggested it might not appoint a successor and allow Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, to do so.

But it says it won't reward what it calls "Democrats' bad behavior."

Five women accused Lebsock of harassment. Lebsock contested the claims.

Democrats will hold a 36-29 House majority after the appointment.

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