Jesse Paul (Denver Post)- A top Republican state lawmaker appeared to suggest wielding his political influence to help or harm a business partner in an email exchange that led up to a lawsuit now pending in federal court, but he says his words have been taken out of context.
Ray Scott of Grand Junction, currently the No. 4 Republican in the state Senate, made the remarks in 2012 as part of a dispute with Montigo Del Ray Corp., a custom fireplace company, about its decision to remove his business as a regional representative for states including Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
Scott is founder of Gas Products Corporation, which sells high-end heating equipment for luxury homes and commercial applications, and at the time, served as a state representative with a focus on energy issues. Gas Products, according to the lawsuit, handled area business for the Canada-based Montigo.
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