What’s next for Spokane Valley Rep. Matt Shea?
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Despite Republicans and Democrats calling on him to resign, Spokane Valley Rep. Matt Shea is back in Olympia.
Shea was removed from the Republican caucus the same day investigators, hired by the House of Representatives, released a report calling him a domestic terrorist.
The findings of that independent investigation have since been sent to the FBI. So, what’s next for Shea?
He hasn’t been charged with a crime, and he also hasn’t been expelled from the House. That would require a vote by every Democrat and several Republicans.
Even if all 57 Democrats supported the idea, they would need nine Republicans to vote ‘yes,’ since state law requires a two-thirds majority vote.
“I don’t believe any crimes were committed. If the FBI comes back with increased evidence and does a real investigation and finds out that there were things, but I don’t think that’s going to happen,” said Sen. Doug Ericksen. “I do not believe this type of report will lead to that.”
As the legislative session opened in Olympia this week, Shea’s supporters lined the steps of the State Capitol.
“I’m still the state representative for the 4th legislative district in Spokane Valley, Washington, and we are keeping up the fight,” Shea said.
In the meantime, Shea is not allowed to attend the Republican strategy meetings. He’s also lost access to staff members in the Republican caucus.