DENVER - Amid already high tensions over gun policy inside the state Capitol, a pro-gun lobbyist was thrown out of the building Friday at the request of a Republican House member.
Rep. Cheri Gerou (R-Evergreen) accuses the lobbyist of threatening her with political attack ads through a mail campaign after a heated exchange about upcoming votes on gun issues, which would violate ethics rules.
State Patrol officers responded, but the sergeant-at-arms escorted Rocky Mountain Gun Owners' Association lobbyist Joe Neville from the building at Gerou's request.
Gerou says it started when she got a call from GOP leaders asking if she planned to flip and vote in favor of four gun amendments being debated on the House floor.
Saying she has no such plans, Gerou set about finding the source of this rumor, which ultimately led her to the RMGO and Neville.
"I won't use the language she did," Neville told 9NEWS. "But she told me to f--- off."
Gerou freely admits to using the F-bomb, frustrated that RMGO (a pro-gun group that takes a more conservative stance on guns than the NRA does) would fan the flames of an already hot debate.
For his part, Neville admits he was criticizing Gerou for being soft on guns.
Gerou says she would have informed leaders if she intended to vote for the gun control measures.
Neville will be allowed back into the Capitol and provided with a copy of the ethics rules prohibiting political retribution.
The lobbyist seemed taken aback by the exchange.
"To have a Republican representative threaten me doesn't seem very statesmanlike," said Neville. "You expect more of Representatives than that."
Gerou does have the option of filing a formal ethics complaint.
Asked if she will do so, Gerou replied "I don't know."
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