Colorado

Mar 4, 2010 7:04 PM

Comment in State Senate riles Democrats

A Republican senator riled some Democrats by calling a freshman lawmaker "Senator One-Year." 

GOP Sen. Shawn Mitchell used the term to mockingly address Democratic Sen. Bruce Whitehead during a debate on renewable energy. Whitehead was appointed to represent southwestern Colorado and faces a Republican challenger in this fall's election.

Mitchell was gaveled and said, "I'm sorry. I deserved that." Democratic Sen. Linda Newell asked for Mitchell's remarks to be recorded by the Senate secretary, a rare move. Democrat Morgan Carroll said lawmakers shouldn't bring electioneering into the Capitol.

Republican leader Josh Penry later said the chamber is a political arena and he urged lawmakers "not to get too carried away in our own self importance."

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