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Accused Romney 'glitter bomber' fired from Colo. Senate

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 02:01 PM

DENVER — The Colorado Senate has fired an unpaid intern accused of "glitter bombing" Mitt Romney after the Colorado caucuses.

Peter Smith, 20, was fired Thursday afternoon. Police say he threw glitter at Romney while the Republican presidential hopeful greeted supporters in Denver on Tuesday night.

Smith faces charges of causing a disturbance, throwing a missile and unlawful acts.

Senate majority office chief of staff John Cevette said Smith was terminated today after a staffer alerted him to the glitter incident. A conservative-leaning blog, Colorado Peak Politics, first reported today that Smith worked for Senate Democrats and had been fired.

Smith is a student at the University of Colorado Denver who was interning in the Democratic Senate as part of a college course. Cevette could not say whether Smith would fail the course.

"Glitter bombing" has been used by some activists to protest a politician's opposition to same-sex marriage. Smith told Denver television stations it was worth it, but he worries he could be expelled from school.

College interns work about 15 hours a week, Cevette said. They write policy papers and "do a lot of gopher activities," Cevette said.

He said the interns are not chosen by Senate President Brandon Shaffer, a Longmont Democrat.

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