Bradford says she never threatened to leave the GOP

By: Cecile Juliette Email
By: Cecile Juliette Email

MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) - State Representative Laura Bradford calls the events that have unfolded in the past 16 days "freaky."

Friday morning, a Legislative Ethics Committee dismissed a complaint against Bradford over a suspected DUI traffic stop, citing a lack of evidence that she used her position to avoid further testing.

Rep. Bradford, (R-Collbran) says she's not suprised by the outcome, as she's been claiming innocence since the allegations first came to light. Says Bradford, "I wasn't concerned. I anticipated this outcome all along."

January 25th, Bradford was spotted by Denver Police allegedly driving erratically. She was issued two traffic citations at the scene, and a cab was called to pick her up.

Friday, Rep. Bradford declined to comment on the specifics of that night, citing an internal investigation by the Denver Police Department.

After hearing the news of the incident, House Speaker Frank McNulty called Bradford and told her he was removing her as Chair of a Local Government Committee.

Rep. Bradford says was driving from Denver to Grand Junction when she got the call, and she asked Speaker McNulty to wait on making a decision. She recalled their conversation. Says Bradford, "I have no idea what the Police Department just said, can you wait for me to make some calls and settle this thing out, he was a little impatient, I thought, and took the next step."

That announcement set off a chain of events that lead to an apology from Denver police, and threats reported in the media that Rep. Bradford was going to abandon the GOP, giving up it's slim, one vote majority in the House.

She says she felt abandoned by her party at the time. Bradford says. "Both of those officers lied. They lied at the time, they lied on the ticket, they lied on their report, I don't know why. That's for the Police Department to settle over there. But it was frustrating for me to not have the support of my caucus at the time I needed it the most."

Rep. Bradford denies stating publicly that she would leave the party, and lays that blame on a media feeding frenzy. "A reporter, when I was walking down the hall, shouted at me, are you thinking of all your options, well certainly, they inferred party change, I never spoke the words, that the party change was on the table."

She adds, "My principals and values are Republican. They haven't changed in the last day, they haven't changed in the last week they're not going to change."

Bradford says she announced she would run for re-election last November, and those plans haven't changed. She says she looks forward to speaking directly with her constituents now that the ethics committee has made it's decision.

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  • by Frances Location: United States on Feb 12, 2012 at 01:28 PM
    She's become deranged in her deceit, denial, and humiliating excuses. She displays every symptom, and fulfills every definition of having a serious addiction. She should be forced to resign immediately.
  • by frank on Feb 12, 2012 at 08:53 AM
    Bradford thought she could snow and in experienced tv reporter. Read the Sentinel Laura.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2012 at 08:26 AM
    Junior, bradford and freaky do align every time she looks in the mirror.
  • by Fred on Feb 12, 2012 at 05:46 AM
    Now she joins the ranks of all the other lying politicians. Claims said didn't say something when the Denver Post has her recorded saying it. And she has the balls to act indignant when the ethics board doesn't believe her and investigates. Ms. Bradford, yes you have lost my trust.
  • by Junior on Feb 12, 2012 at 05:02 AM
    Two terms that can't possibily align: "Laura Bradford" and "freaky".
  • by curious on Feb 11, 2012 at 04:56 PM
    If there is no evidence that she was driving under the influence, why did the police call her a cab? Oh I forgot. They are all liars.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 04:45 PM
    What happened to all the Bradford cheer-leaders that claim she is the best thing since sliced bread to come onto the scene. Where are all the defenders of the faith? Well, this is the court of public opinion, and the public opinion says, resign, quit, go back to Colbran! The court of public opinion has spoken.
  • by Irv Location: Grand Junction on Feb 11, 2012 at 03:31 PM
    Thanks Mesa County for electing this embarrassment to state office. Remember, she took Bernie Buescher's place, a man who's commitment to our region was self speaking. Instead, you chose Laura to shame the Western Slope. Nice work!
  • by curious on Feb 11, 2012 at 01:01 PM
    KKCO reporter Cecile Juliette has an interesting story here, but she should have known what other media in the state have reported on Bradford. A follow question would have been interesting.
  • by curious on Feb 11, 2012 at 01:01 PM
    KKCO reporter Cecile Juliette has an interesting story here, but she should have known what other media in the state have reported on Bradford. A follow question would have been interesting.
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