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Colorado legislative aide punished for Putin portrait prank

Posted at 5:16 PM, Aug 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-18 19:16:44-04

DENVER (AP) – An adviser to a Democratic legislative leader in Colorado has been punished for helping a progressive group put a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin on brief display at the state capitol building near a spot reserved for a portrait of President Donald Trump.

The prank happened in late July after reports that Republicans hadn’t raised the $10,000 needed to commission a presidential portrait.

Aide Katie March used her security badge to allow a member of ProgressNow Colorado into the capitol with the picture of Putin. A tour guide removed it soon after a Democratic state senator tweeted a picture.

House Speaker Crisanta Duran said March’s actions were “not sanctioned by the House leadership office.”

KUSA-TV reports Marsh apologized, saying she didn’t consider the impact of her actions on building security. She also lost her security credentials.

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