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Cost of Pam Roach investigations: $55,000

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 10, 2010 at 2:14 pm with 10 Comments »
February 10, 2010 2:14 pm

The latest round of investigations involving state Sen. Pam Roach cost the state more than $55,000.

That’s according to documents released today by the Senate Facilities & Operations Committee, which issued a formal reprimand to Roach last month that led Senate Republicans to bar her from their caucus meetings.

Roach requested the committee reconsider the reprimand, but to no avail. The committee denied the request at its Monday meeting,  Senate Secretary Tom Hoemann said in a letter to Roach dated the same day.

The $55,413 cost was racked up by an outside law firm, Stokes Lawrence.

Attorney Chris Farias investigated two complaints filed April 23, 2009. One came from Sen. Mark Shoesler complaining about Roach’s berating of a Senate staff lawyer, and cost $23,082. The other was filed by Roach against Senate Republican Leader Mike Hewitt – over the so-called “mooning incident.”

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  1. scottsch111 says:

    The woman’s been an embarrassment to the people she represents for years … yet they keep reelecting her.

  2. jiminycricket says:

    This $55,000 price tag for the Pam Roach investigation is both outrageous and unacceptable! It makes me absolutely physically ill to refer to this woman as “senator.” If she has any modicum of respect for herself, her constituents and the citizens of this state, she would reimburse the cost of this investigation and resign her office. I’m sure that a majority would agree that the only person Senator Roach is for, is for herself, and the hell with everyone else!

    Question-Will the good citizens and people who reside in her district consider a “recall” to remove her from office? If there was ever a state elected official so deserving, it would be her!

    Question for Jordan Schrader: Is the “recall” method a remedy for removing an unsavory state elected official?

  3. Jordan Schrader says:

    Yes, voters can recall lawmakers, although there’s a pretty high bar. But it might be a waste of time for opponents of Sen. Roach, since she’s up for re-election this year. -Jordan

  4. jiminycricket says:

    Thank you, Jordan! Good point! We’ll just hope that she’s defeated in her re-election bid!

  5. tomwa007 says:

    It just goes to demonstrate the intellect of the constituents’ who keep re-electing her.

  6. bkeyport1970 says:

    Pam and Dan both need to start paying for this junk.

  7. LibertyBell says:

    And how much did it cost the Senate Lawyer in Brown v Owen?

    It’s always great to waste money when Senator Lisa Brown sues the Senate?

    Of course, they keep electing this imbecile too, after the Court writes with clarity & with no division 100% in agreement of a “grave violation” regarding seperation of powers, from that 8th grade civics lesson, confusing the Senate Law Team too!

  8. nashabee says:

    wow imagine that

  9. jmhoward says:

    tnt do some factual investigative reporting and actually print the bill in detail for the investigation. not only does this show us what a @#$% roach (pun intended-sorry to defile roaches) is but it also shows the waste of govt. No way the investigation was worth the money.

  10. jiminycricket says:

    Do not tell me that Pam and Dan are actually related? You’ve got to be kidding? Can someone please comment on this. Thanks!

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