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State senator accused of ethics violation through personal website

By Joe Dominguez, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau , j.dominguez@krdo.com
Published On: Aug 02 2013 11:10:22 PM CDT

PUEBLO, Colo. -

A man in Avondale has launched the latest reason for state Sen. Angela Giron to defend herself.

On Friday, an ethics complaint was filed by Carl Underhill against Giron for putting up links to her state-issued email and phone number on the same website on which she's soliciting campaign contributions for her recall election Sept. 10.

Giron has been targeted in the recall, along with Senate President John Morse, for their role in gun reform this past spring. New laws limiting gun magazines at 15 bullets and requiring background checks on all gun sales are now in effect in Colorado.

In Underhill's complaint, emailed to KRDO Newschannel 13, he wrote, "I find the use of her State provided email address and State provided phone number for the purpose of campaign activity reprehensible."

Underhill calls for an open records request  of Giron's state-issued email account and an ethics investigation by the Colorado Senate.

Giron responded to the Underhill request quickly. She said via email, "I am not sure why fostering communications between elected officials and constituents poses any concern, ethical or otherwise."

She assured Underhill that on her state website there is no mention of campaign contributions but that the website he was scrutinizing was a personal website. Giron added that campaign messages are never sent from her Senate email account.

There's been no response from the Secretary of State's Office or the Colorado Senate to Underhill's request.

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