Polly Baca, the legendary Latina

Sitting on the side of the Colorado House before it convened Wednesday morning are former lawmaker Polly Baca and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, who are involved in a lawsuit over the electoral process. With them are former House Speaker Ruben Valdez and Teresa Duran, mother of the current speaker, Crisanta Duran of Denver. The speaker said her mother is “as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.” (SOS photo)

Former lawmaker Polly Baca, a legend in state and national Democratic politics, delivered the prayer in the Colorado House on opening day Wednesday, 40 years after she began her fourth and final year in the House.

Baca took a break from writing her memoirs to stop by the House chambers. Some of what will be in her book:

She served as the national director for Viva Kennedy in 1968, and was at the California hotel with Bobby Kennedy when the presidential candidate was assassinated.

While serving as the special assistant to the DNC chair she often worked really late. One night in May 1972 she thought she heard something but  didn’t see anyone in the hallway when she checked. She left about 3:30 a.m. and learned later that morning someone had broken into the Watergate.

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Secretary Wayne Williams doesn’t hold back on elector lawsuit

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has ripped two electors who are suing the state over a law that says they must support Colorado's presidential winner, who was Hillary Clinton. (Carol Lawrence, The Gazette/Special to the SOS)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. (Carol Lawrence, The Gazette/Special to the SOS)

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has a reputation for being pretty unflappable and low key, which is why his blistering response to two Colorado electors suing the state has attracted such attention.

Evil. Odious. Faithless. Arrogant.

Those were some of the words Williams used in response to the lawsuit challenging a state law that requires the  electors to vote for the presidential winner in Colorado, which in this case was Hillary Clinton.

The lawsuit is part of a longshot effort try to block Republican Donald Trump from officially winning the presidency when the Electoral College votes on Dec. 19.

Williams was the El Paso County clerk and recorder when flames came down the mountain toward his Colorado Springs office the night of the 2012 primary.

Williams is fired up that four of the nine Colorado electors have indicated they want to team up with other electors nationwide to vote for another candidate for president.

“Instead of honoring the will of the Coloradans who voted for them,” Williams responded, “these two faithless electors seek to conspire with electors from other states to elect a president who did not receive a single vote in November.”

Williams took heat on social media for his stance.

Here is Williams’ full statement:

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