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Polis Refuses to Call for Resignation of State Rep Accused of Domestic Violence

Polis called for Melton to "take a serious look at resigning." Walker Stapleton, meanwhile, demanded Melton's resignation.

By NTK Staff | 10.12.2018 @2:30pm
Polis Refuses to Call for Resignation of State Rep Accused of Domestic Violence

A fault line is developing between Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Colorado, and his Republican opponent Walker Stapleton over the issue of State. Rep. Jovan Melton (D-Aurora).

Incidents from Melton’s past recently resurfaced, involving harassment and alleged abuse of women. Colorado Public Radio reported:

The Boulder District Attorney’s office confirmed that in the 1999 incident, Melton pled guilty to harassment. He received a 12 month deferred sentence, and had to stay away from the victim and take domestic violence classes, which he completed. In the 2008 incident, he was arrested for misdemeanor assault, but the case was dismissed and the woman involved told CPR News that he didn’t hit her.

Polis said Melton should “take a serious look at resigning,” but refused to demand Melton’s resignation. The Democratic nominee seemed to caveat his statement on the allegations against Melton: “I believe in consequences; I also believe in redemption.”

Stapleton, the Republican nominee, was less equivocal in his call for a Melton resignation:

“Violence against women is never acceptable and Jovan Melton needs to take responsibility for his actions and resign,” Stapleton said. “I urge Congressman Polis to join me in calling for Rep. Melton’s resignation and to condemn violence against women in any circumstance.”

As The Denver Post reported and CPR noted, three top Democratic leaders in Colorado have encouraged Melton to resign.

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