DENVER — Greeley Police have a report involving Rep. Rochelle Galindo (D-Greeley), who abruptly resigned her House District 50 seat on Sunday.
9NEWS confirmed that there is a police report involving Galindo, but was told the case has been given "confidential" status, likely because of the allegations. On Sunday afternoon, House Speaker KC Becker (D-Boulder) told 9NEWS that the allegations involve sexual misconduct, but not at the State Capitol.
Galindo, who represented parts of Greeley and Evans, posted her immediate resignation on social media on Sunday afternoon.
"The allegations against me are false. That said, they will make my fight against the pending recall effort untenable. I will not put my constituents through what will surely be a recall campaign based on political smear tactics and false allegations. Instead, I will resign my seat as the elected representative of House District 50, effective immediately."
Galindo did not answer the door at her Greeley apartment on Monday afternoon, her voicemail is full and she has not returned text messages.
State law requires that a vacancy committee within her House District meet and choose a replacement within 30 days of her resignation.
"We are looking at, potentially, the first weekend in June," said Carol Burkhart, a member of the House District 50 vacancy committee for the Weld County Democratic Party. "This time there will be 12 people."
That's right, 12 people will choose the replacement for the district that has 36,000 active voters. Should 12 people have that power?
"That's a good question. There's been a lot of debate about it," said Burkhart. "We've talked about, 'should we make that the full central committee,' which would be about, right now, 30 or 35 people."
So how do you get on these party insider committees? This is what happens when you show up to those oft-ignored caucus meetings. Show up to your caucus, and you might have this same power one day. A special election is not possible because state law requires the vacancy committee.
"I'm OK on a short term basis, when you have to fill that position within 30 days, I'm OK with it being a manageable group of people who have expressed a commitment to the Democratic party and are willing to drop everything," said Burkhart.
Any registered Democrat in House District 50 could run for the open seat.
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