Sexual harassment scandals at the Colorado Capitol have drawn attention to one group that isn’t used to the limelight: lawmakers’ aides and interns. Many say that are they the legislature’s most vulnerable workforce.
In the run-up to the historic vote that expelled Rep. Steve Lebsock for sexual harassment, Democratic Rep. Leslie Herod recounted her first year experience as a legislative aide. Twenty-two-years-old and fresh out of college, she took enormous pride in her position at the Capitol.
She remembers being thrilled when a powerful staffer asked to meet about her future. He took her to a
window overlooking the mountains and asked her to imagine what she could accomplish.
“Then, he stepped closer and he asked for a kiss,” Herod told her colleagues.
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