‘The people of Spokane deserve better’: Inslee calls for Rep. Matt Shea’s resignation

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Governor Jay Inslee called for Representative Matt Shea’s resignation during a press conference in Olympia on Thursday.

Inslee now joins several other elected officials, including Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers and House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox, in calling for Shea to remove himself from his position. Despite these calls, the Spokane Valley representative refuses.

This comes after the release of a 180-page investigative report that accuses Shea of participating in domestic terrorism. The report was conducted by the Rampart Group at the request of the Washington State House of Representatives and concluded that Shea poses a “present and growing threat of risk to others through political violence.”

“It is very difficult for me to understand how he could effectively represent the people of Spokane County. Now that he has been thrown out of the caucus, he has been denied committee membership, he is a disabled member and I think that they need a full-time, functioning, effective person who is not a domestic terrorist,” Inslee said.

Inslee followed by saying that he will be happy to talk to legislators about their plans to remove Shea if he maintains that he will not step down. Much like the impeachment of a president in the United States, removing a lawmaker from office would require a two-thirds majority vote. Washington citizens could recall an elected official, but it requires a certain amount of petitions signed by voters. Additionally, Shea could be removed if he is charged and convicted of a felony crime.

“I’m hoping he [resigns] upon reflection, when he realizes he just can’t do the job when you are shunned by your colleagues, when you are no longer committe chair, when you’re not even a member of a caucus. The people of Spokane deserve better,” Inslee said.

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