Scott gets threat, is assigned escort
Those in attendance at the Grand Valley Young Professionals candidate forum Thursday may have noticed a trooper from the Colorado State Patrol standing in the back.
No, Trooper K.J. White wasn’t there because he was interested in politics.
He was there to protect Rep. Ray Scott.
Though the Grand Junction Republican said he was not allowed to provide details, he said he and several other legislators received threatening telephone calls early Thursday and reported it to State Patrol.
Death threats to lawmakers are not uncommon during the legislative session, but few rise to the level to necessitate a police escort, particularly when they are not in session.
“What it has been is mostly threatening phone calls, like, if I see you and get a clear shot…,” Scott said. “They’re typical threats, but we’re supposed to take everything serious. Since I first got there (to the Capitol) they say, if you have threats, just make a call (to CSP). This has happened to me twice.”
Scott’s Democratic opponent Dan Robinson, said he, too, noticed the state trooper and said Scott is entitled to his protection. “It must be a credible threat and I can appreciate that,” he said.
The trooper didn’t stay with Scott after he left the forum.