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Reader: In a Private Company, Hancock Would Be Gone

Denver police detective Leslie Branch-Wise's accusations against Denver Mayor Michael Hancock prompted him to make a video apology.
Denver police detective Leslie Branch-Wise's accusations against Denver Mayor Michael Hancock prompted him to make a video apology. YouTube via Denver7/YouTube
Mayor Michael Hancock is at one of the lowest points in his political career. On Tuesday, February 27, Hancock admitted to texting "inappropriate" messages to a former subordinate: Denver Police Detective Leslie Branch-Wise, who gave an emotional interview to Denver7 accusing Hancock of sexually harassing her.

Hancock, who's been looking at running for a third term, apologized for his actions but didn't admit to sexually harassing Branch-Wise, who served on his security detail six years ago. Branch-Wise eventually requested to leave his detail after another member of Hancock's team reportedly harassed her.

Though no other city official has called for Hancock to resign, some readers think it is his only option. Says Stephanie:
She ultimately reported to him and was reliant on him for her job. There is a different level of culpability in employment harassment. In a private company, he would be gone.
Mark adds:
Smiley face and explanation point. The mayor should resign. The question alone would have simply looked like an inquiry. Then getting aroused by it. Scumbag Mayor confirmed.
 Louis explains:
"But let me be clear. My behavior did not involve sexual advances." Yes, it did...!!! You are apologizing for it...!!! Resign now with what little dignity you have left.
But Bret concludes:
He should not resign. Denver deserves this guy. Not one of you chose to run against Hancock. You get what you voted for! It was known prior to his first campaign that Hancock was an unsavory individual.

Keep reading for more stories about the Branch-Wise/Hancock scandal.

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