Tuesday, February 20, 2024
CONTACT: Sara Loflin, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: Responding to comments on social media from freshman GOP Rep. Brandi Bradley this weekend that appear to condone death threats against fellow lawmakers, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, called on House Minority Leader Rose Pugliese to discipline Bradley and make it explicitly clear that the Republican House Minority does not support violence against lawmakers carrying out their official duties.

“This weekend, Rep. Brandi Bradley crossed the line by condoning death threats against fellow lawmakers,” said ProgressNow Colorado Executive Director Sara Loflin. “No matter how passionate the debate over legislation may become, lawmakers and advocates at the Capitol must never become targets of violence for carrying out their duties. It is never, ever acceptable to suggest that lawmakers deserve anything more than accountability at the polls for casting votes.”

On Saturday, Rep. Bradley posted the following on her Twitter/X account:

“The eight democrats on state affairs voted to let pedophiles roam the streets and prey on our children. They could have voted yes to protect our children but they didn’t and now they have opened Pandora’s box. If you are receiving death threats for the way YOU voted, that has nothing to do with me…” [1]

“The only acceptable response to death threats against lawmakers is to unequivocally condemn them,” said Loflin. “Instead, Rep. Bradley threateningly states that Democratic lawmakers ‘opened Pandora’s box’ with their votes. Nowhere does Rep. Bradley admit that the death threats themselves are inappropriate, and Bradley acknowledges these threats were in response to votes. Such brazen condoning of death threats against fellow lawmakers cannot be allowed to go unanswered, and House Minority Leader Rose Pugliese has an obligation to take action. At the very least, Pugliese must make it clear that in condoning death threats against fellow lawmakers, Rep. Bradley does not speak for Colorado House Republicans.”