Colo. Lawmaker Removed From Podium Over Mexicans Remark

Steven K. Paulson, AP, April 21, 2008

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State Rep. Douglas Bruce, who has a history of provoking controversy, made the comment during debate on a bill that would allow the state to help immigrant workers get temporary federal visas. The measure is intended to ease a shortage of farm workers in the state.

“I would like to have the opportunity to state at the microphone why I don’t think we need 5,000 more illiterate peasants in Colorado,” Bruce said.

His outburst drew an audible gasp from the House.

“How dare you,” said state Rep. Kathleen Curry, a Democrat who was serving as chairwoman during the debate. She told the Republican lawmaker he was no longer recognized to speak.

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Rep. Terrance Carroll, a Democrat, said the remark could result in a formal ethics complaint that would require a hearing and possible suspension, censure or expulsion.

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[Editor’s Note: Readers may send Rep. Bruce supporting e-mail at either of these two addresses: [email protected] or [email protected]]

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