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The smelly restoration of Pam Roach

Post by TNT Editorial Board / The News Tribune on April 10, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
April 10, 2012 5:03 pm

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

While we’re talking about the state Senate, let’s note some real hypocrisy in that chamber: the matter of Sen. Pam Roach.

Roach had been expelled from the GOP Caucus in 2010 for years of screaming at, intimidating and otherwise abusing staff members. Her luck turned six weeks ago, when Republican senators moved to wrest the budget-writing process out of Democratic hands.

As part of their maneuvering, they welcomed Roach back. She took that to mean she’d have access to the staff again.

One of her past targets, attorney Mike Hoover, took it the same way. He’s now filed a hostile-workplace lawsuit against the state, seeking $1.75 million.

If Roach deserved caucus privileges, she should have gotten them earlier. If she didn’t, she shouldn’t have gotten them at all. As it happened, Republicans restored a habitual abuser to grace when they suddenly needed her vote on the budget. Shame.

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