Sen. Pam Roach is back. For those just tuning in, last episode: Roach had been chastised by Senate GOP leadership for making staffers spend too much time with her, complaining too much about other members and asking caucus staff to pledge allegiance to her … She responded by accusing leadership of acting like monkeys, then left for Latin America…
Tomorrow, she’ll meet with The News Tribune’s editorial board. She requested the meeting and the board is obliging, but Dave Seago told her he considers the matter too insider a matter to editorialize.
I haven’t decided yet if I’ll go. If I do, I’ll let you know what comes of it. In the meantime, here’s her response to Dave about the newsworthiness of the meeting:
The issue here is more than a caucus internal mess. It is more than that because of the groundless attack and purposely trying to control my speech. I would like my local paper to know what is happening…
The topic will be the system that in this day and age allows for what they are doing to me. I am sure Justice Sanders has had some complaints when the Judicial Conduct Commission has gone after him and he has a group that moves forward without hearing his side of things. At least he has an appeal process. I have done nothing wrong.
Before we meet please review the letter sent out by the caucus. And, ask yourself why they think the things listed are wrong and ask why they would make it available.
Keep in mind that I am only in Olympia a few months out of the year. I don´t have their letter in front of me…but..this stuff is not real. Someone complained that I talk too much about personal things? My grandson with autism? My daughter-in-law on her way to the Olympics? My recent trips to China? Elaborating on the Chinese in Tibet where I was in Oct? The fact that we are planning a big garden this spring? I really wouldn’t know because I have no specifics…but that is the kind of thing, yes, I talk about. No staff is chained to a chair and no one told me it was grounds for disciplinary action. When you haven´t seen ¨friends?¨in months, then you share what has been going on. Most of my time is spent working for my district. Each of the items mentioned is equally ridiculous. I also talked about failed caucus efforts and poor communications. I certainly DID mention that we had had only one ranking members meeting all session, etc. That was what they didn´t like.