Lawmakers react to allegations Rep. Matt Shea discussed violence, surveillance in chats
SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington State lawmakers are condeming alleged actions and rhetoric by Spokane Valley representative Matth Shea. An investigative report by The Guardian accused Shea of secretly organizing surveillance and discussing violence against liberal people and groups.
Leaked chats obtained by The Guardian revealed Shea was involved in private talks with some rightwing figures about carrying out surveillance and violent attacks.
On Monday, Governor Jay Inslee released the following the statement:
“There is no place for hate in Washington state, especially in Washington’s Legislature. Rep. Matt Shea’s history of hate has now crossed a new line. He participated in conversations that advocated for violence against those with dissenting opinions. He is actively conspiring with others to surveil and target political activisits. Rep. Shea embodies a strain of extreme ideology that, throughout the decades and into the present, has caused deep harm too people and families. I strongly condemn both his rhetoric and his behavior.”
Washington Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib (D) tweeted a reaction Saturday night after the story was first shared. He called on State House Republicans to eject Rep. Shea from their caucus.
I call on House Republicans to do the right thing and eject Matt Shea from their caucus. Obtaining background checks on people for the purpose of planning violence against them is a crime, and even offering to do so is clearly 100% unacceptable in the Legislature. #waleg https://t.co/Fb74iCjOMv
— Cyrus Habib (@cyrushabib) April 20, 2019
Jack Robertson, who is a radio personality, and Anthony Bosworth, were also involved in the messages, according to The Guardian’s report.
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