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Jabs, threats fly over representative’s ‘Peasant’ remarks

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Colorado farmers are no closer to a solution to their labor shortage after a debate on the House floor over a bill that would help bring in Mexican migrant workers through temporary visas. Whatever headway was being made on the issue stopped short when Rep. Douglas Bruce opined, “I don’t think we need 5,000 more illiterate peasants in Colorado.”

Witnesses reported an audible gasp, followed by an indignant, “How dare you?” from Rep. Kathleen Curry, who was chairing the House session.

The details of the farm proposal were quickly forgotten—at least in the public’s eye—in favor of choosing sides in the House brouhaha. Citizens flooded the Statehouse with calls in favor of or against the battling reps. Bruce received some 900 e-mails and phone calls, about 95% positive, his office said.

Curry received several threats, some serious enough that she reported them to the state police.

Meanwhile, there’s no solution in sight for the state’s farmers.

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