‘Political lynching’: Leading black Democrats scold party for stance on Rep. Melton

Colorado Politics | 10/11/2018 | Staff
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Members of Denver’s African-American community spoke out Thursday against the state party and the Colorado House Democratic leadership for a rush to judgment over Rep. Jovan Melton. Photo by Marianne Goodland.

As calls mount from both the left and the right for Democratic state Rep. Jovan Melton to step down from his House District 41 seat in Aurora, supporters, including former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, argued Thursday that a double standard is being applied to Melton by the leadership of the Democratic-controlled Colorado House and the Colorado Democratic Party chair, Morgan Carroll.

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At a Thursday press conference in Denver’s Five Points, Webb and his wife, former Denver first lady and former state Rep. Wilma Webb, along with current members of the House and several representatives from the African-American faith community called out the leadership of the Democratic Party as well as the Democratic leadership in the state House for what the former mayor called a “Jim Crow system of justice” and a “political lynching” of Melton.

And while they didn’t go so far as to tell African American voters not to vote in three weeks, they said they are tired of being used by the Democratic Party, which they said has turned on an African-American leader over a domestic violence charge for which he was tried and served his sentence nearly 20 years ago.

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In “their urgency to rush to judgment, they’ve created a double standard,” Mayor Webb said of Democratic leaders. “We are not here to retry the Melton case. It was adjudicated 20 years ago.”

He called the Democratic House leadership hypocritical for calling on Melton to resign when they did not do the same in three other instances in the previous two years.

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Webb cited the sexual harassment allegations made against Rep. Paul Rosenthal of Denver, complaints that House Speaker Crisanta Duran dismissed...
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