WA State Dems call on GOP to expel Rep. Shea after alleged violence chats

WA State Dems call on GOP to expel Rep. Shea after alleged violence chats

The Washington State Democratic Party called on the Washington GOP and House Republicans to expel Spokane Valley representative Matt Shea Monday.

An investigative report by The Guardian accuses Shea of secretly organizing surveillance and discussing violence against liberal people and groups.

Leaked online 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, the Washington Democrats released the following statement:

“Republican Representative Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley) crossed the decency line for most Washingtonians years ago with his unethical and vocal support for dangerous right-wing militias, anti-LGBTQ, and racist groups. With this new information about Shea’s participation in planning surveillance and violence against peaceful protesters, has he finally crossed the line for the WA GOP and House Republicans?”

The statement was part of a two-page letter written by Washington State Democrats Chair Tina Podlowski. You can read the full letter here.

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The call from state democrats follows that of Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib. On Sunday, Habib called on State House Republicans to eject Shea from their caucus.

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