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This most powerful political story is being written… and few, if any, have taken notice.

This political figure…this state legislator…took  a stand – an unpopular stand, a stand for humanity, a stand for rights, a stand for justice, and a stand against hatred and ignorance…in an election year.

There is bravery here, there is compassion, and there is a true Christian acting as Christ would have if faced with the horrifying realities that a person with this insidious label (sexual offender) and their families face every day in this country.

 There is also irony in this stand.  Representative Randy Baumgardner voted to oppose changes to the sex offender laws yet has made a most profound and eloquent declaration when he (and his equally amazing wife) decided to break with religious hypocrisy and political bullying to actually treat their friend, Michael Frierson, like a human being and an American protected under our Constitution instead of a leper.  Randy and his wife are walking the walk.  They are to be revered and championed.

I can only pray that the Baumgardner’s receive thousands of letters of support.  I can only pray as well that the voters get his message and follow his lead.  I can only pray that he wins his primary battle.  It’s our battle too.

Please don’t forget that.   It’s that important.

Unregistered sex offender lives at home of Colorado lawmaker

A state lawmaker who voted against a comprehensive rewrite of the state’s sex-offender registration laws has a convicted sex offender living at his house.

Court records show that Michael K. Frierson lives at Republican Rep. Randy Baumgardner’s address in Hot Sulphur Springs.

Court records show the conviction stems from incidents in July 2004 involving Frierson, who was 24 at the time, and a victim, who was younger than 14. Frierson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sexual assault and was sentenced to five years’ probation.

A Grand County deputy arrested Frierson in April at Baumgardner’s house on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender because he moved last year without notifying the sheriff as required, and he failed to re-register in December on his birthday as required, according to the warrant.

Baumgardner’s wife paid the $2,000 bond for Frierson, 32, who is scheduled to appear in District Court in Hot Sulphur Springs on Tuesday.

Baumgardner is running against Sen. Jean White of Hayden in the June 26 GOP primary in Senate District 8.

“As a Christian, I know providing second chances is what God does best, so it is important for me to help others rebuild their lives, even after tragic mistakes,” Baumgardner said in an e-mail. “The young man is paying his debt to society like any redeemed person should and I will always hope and pray for his best.

“This false eleventh-hour attempt at guilt by association can only be interpreted as desperation by supporters of Jean White to distract voters away from her terrible voting record in the state Senate.”

Baumgardner told Fox 31’s Eli Stokols on Thursday that Frierson “came to us a year and a half ago and has been working on our farm.”

“He’s never been anything but respectful,” Baumgardner said. “We took him at his word he screwed up when he was young, and you know, most of us do.”

Baumgardner’s wife, Lori, addressed the situation on her Face book page last week.

“I have to tell you all, YES it’s all true!” she wrote. “We hired a young man that had a past! It’s not good but when do your forgive? … We didn’t know but became aware of the charges and bailed him out. We have a trust developed over a year, I don’t know what else to say. …”

Baumgardner in 2011 was one of four House Republicans to vote against a bill that rewrote sex-offender registration requirements, some of which were deemed contradictory or impossible to follow within required time frames. He voted for the bill when it left the House but said he couldn’t support the final effort, which had been changed by the Senate.

Read more:Unregistered sex offender lives at home of Colorado lawmaker – The Denver Posthttp://www.denverpost.com/politics/ci_20870155/unregistered-sex-offender-lives-at-home-colorado-lawmaker#ixzz1y0tfjiTb



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