Republicans to review Rep. Matt Shea’s actions after session

Democrats demand reprimand of GOP Rep. Matt Shea

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Republicans in the state House of Representatives will conduct a review of the actions of controversial state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, after the current legislative session ends.

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Shea has been dogged this week by the release of text messages from 2017 in which he appeared to condone surveillance and even violence against political enemies.

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House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox said Friday he doesn’t know yet what such a review would entail, but he said they “have a responsibility to the truth.”

Lawmakers are racing to finish a two-year state budget, and Wilcox said his constituents expect him to focus on that.