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Pam Roach has her desk back

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Jan. 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm with 11 Comments »
January 11, 2011 2:29 pm

The senator will keep sitting at the desk on the Senate floor where she has been stationed for more than a decade. The Senate moved her to a new seat and gave hers to new Sen. Doug Ericksen, but Roach disputed the change.

The Auburn Republican was upset with GOP leadership Monday, saying the episode marred a day when she not only became the most senior member of the Senate, with 20 years in the chamber, but also found out a medical clinic would be named after her in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, where she does volunteer work.

After talking to most every Senate Republican about the move and getting it changed, Roach said the spat was over.

Roach prefers the seat near the wings because she feels safer there. She can “hide behind a marble pillar if somebody tries to shoot,” she said.

“I want to be able to get out fast,” she said.

Roach isn’t the only one in Olympia thinking about security threats after last weekend’s shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona. There has been talk about whether the Legislative Building has enough security. Count Roach as one who thinks there should be more.

There should be armed security guards in the legislative chambers, she said. But Roach, one of the biggest proponents of gun rights in the Senate, said putting metal detectors at the doors would be overkill.

Roach said, by the way, that she doesn’t pack heat at the Capitol. Some lawmakers do, she said.

UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: Ericksen said the desk tiff was much ado about nothing. A “bureaucratic snafu,” he called it.

Leave a comment Comments → 11
  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    IIRC, packing heat in the Capital Bldg is illegal…for Joe Citizen, anyway.

  2. BlaineCGarver says:

    (hit enter too quick)

    So..why are lawmakers allowed to pack in a no gun zone??

  3. surveyor1 says:

    Not my district, but the simple fact that the voters of her district were saddled between electing her or Richardson is quite frankly apalling. They are both a couple of nut cases.

  4. Didn’t she used to pack a pistol? I heard she pulled it on her aide…

  5. just don’t touch her flowers. naw naw nawwww

  6. Swfan1969 says:

    What a whiny brat! She’s is my elected official but this time I didn’t vote for her so I have a right to complain. Why she won, its not because she was the better person for the job, its because her challenger unfortunately was labeled as a possible (never proven and charges were either never filed or were dismissed due to severe lack of evidence and reliability of witness/victim) sexual assailant. Richardson deserved a better class of opponent and did not get that from Pat Roach. Hopefully she will lose the next election

  7. dirtydan54 says:

    Ya, why not pay armed guards instead of using metal detectors? Add some more to the gravy train state payroll there Pam. Good fiscal thinking. I

    More than likely if anyone does takes a shot at you, it most likely would come from one of those that do pack heat in the legislature.

    As or the rest of us, I doubt anyone would consider doing that, why? Well because you just aren’t worth the sacrifice to ones best interests for doing something like that.

  8. dbreneman says:

    “Roach prefers the seat near the wings because she feels safer there. She can “hide behind a marble pillar if somebody tries to shoot,” she said.”

    Jeez Louise. Get her a desk in a padded room. Then she’ll be nice and safe. Maybe she has reason to think that her constituents have cause to wish her dead. In that case, why did they re-elect their crackpot solon?

    “There should be armed security guards in the legislative chambers, she said. But Roach, one of the biggest proponents of gun rights in the Senate, said putting metal detectors at the doors would be overkill.”

    Metal detectors would be overkill. And armed guards in the Legislature chambers would be the final sign that Washington has become a banana republic. Mygawd, what kind of message would that send to the people?! The legislators are afraid of their constituents! Are they afraid it’s with good reason? This is insanity.

    They’ll probably do it..

  9. Now, why is this a news item? Is it because the TNT doesn’t like Pam Roach and takes every opportunity to embarrass her?

  10. mattersnot1 says:

    What was the purpose of moving her desk in the first place, other than to harass her?
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    Stupid children playing childish games!!!!

  11. Nobody embarrasses Pam Roach better than Pam Roach comrade!

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