Schmuck of the Week

Shmuck of the Week

Back in Representative Larry Liston’s day, people called ‘em as they saw ‘em, and Liston calls ‘em sluts. Or at least, that’s how the Colorado Springs Republican chose to describe unwed teenage parents on February 6 during a Republican caucus meeting. “In my parents' day and age, they were sent away. They were shunned. They were called what they are,” he said during a discussion of teenage pregnancy rates. “There's no sense of shame today. Society condones it ... They're sluts. And I don't mean just the women. I mean the men, too.”

But times have changed, and Liston has repeatedly apologized for the comments, including public remarks last Friday on the House floor, in which he said, “I was wrong to use the word, and I'm truly sorry for the offense it may have caused. I learned an important lesson. I apologize to all of you, and I hope that we can move forward to do the work of the people we serve.”

Including the sluts.

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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