UPDATE: Sources tell us that the “legislative function” Rep. Laura Bradford was allegedly attending last Wednesday night was in fact a “weekly lobbyist happy hour” at the Prohibition Denver bar located at Colfax and Pennsylvania, just a few blocks from where she was stopped by police around 10PM. Developing.
Video courtesy Junction Daily Blog
KKCO-TV Grand Junction updates:
Grand Junction Republican Rep. Laura Bradford told lawmakers Monday she’s “deeply sorry” that her actions “cast a shadow on this house and the entire general assembly.”
Denver police ticketed Bradford with an illegal lane change and improper turn Wednesday night. Police say she was suspected of driving drunk but that a constitutional provision designed to protect Colorado lawmakers’ ability to travel to and from the statehouse to cast their vote prevented officers from arresting her.
Left unresolved is the conflict between the statements of the Denver Police Department and Rep. Laura Bradford over what exactly resulted in her not being arrested for DUI last Wednesday night. As Tim Hoover of the Denver paper reports this morning, Bradford claims she did not attempt to invoke legislative immunity in her conversation with officers on the scene, but DPD says officers “believed the context was clear.” Perhaps worse, nobody seems to know today what official business Bradford would have been coming from at 10PM as she claimed–FOX 31 reported Bradford had been seen drinking at a local bar Wednesday evening.
The answer to that question could blow a major hole in Laura Bradford’s pleas of good faith.
And of course, Rep. Bradford said Friday that she should be “held to the same standard as everyone else”–to which the DPD replies if she’d said so, she would have been arrested.
A poll follows: how will this one end?