State Sen. Pam Roach lashes out at GOP leadershipFebruary 1, 2010 @ 10:52 am (Updated: 12:35 pm - 2/1/10 )
After being banned from the Washington state Senate Republican Caucus Sen. Pam Roach (R-Auburn) is firing back at Senate Minority Leader Mike Hewitt (R-Walla Walla).
The Republican Caucus banned Roach over an incident last year in which Roach apparently demeaned a staff attorney saying he should be fired.
In a live interview on the Dave Ross Show, Roach characterized her relationship with the republican caucus having "inter- caucus divides." But she singled out Hewitt and her past as the main reason for her banishment.
"Senator Hewitt probably wouldn't have screamed at me and put his ass in my face if he liked me," Roach said. Roach was referring to an incident in 2008 between she and Sen. Hewitt. In an off-campus meeting Roach claimed that Hewitt screamed at her and stuck his clothed back-side in her face. At the time republican leaders were disciplining Roach for yet another, earlier incident. They said Roach made an issue of the backside incident to deflect attention from being disciplined.
In Monday's interview Roach voiced frustration with the republican leadership in Olympia saying that Tim Eyman and the Tea Party movement exist in part because of a lack of GOP leadership.
"It's pretty sad when you have Tim Eyman out having to do all of these initiatives to save people from taxes, where the heck is the party." Roach said, "Now I would say something like that Dave, and be criticized for it. But am I right? Probably I am."
At the end of the interview a clearly angered Sen. Roach asked Dave Ross to ask Sen. Hewitt why she hasn't gotten an apology for the aforementioned backside incident. "Ask him (Hewitt) why he's not man enough to apologize to a woman who he put his butt in her face. Ask that."
Hewitt has not responded directly, however Senator Dale Brandland (R-Bellingham) said her demand for an apology isn't the real issue, "The issue is that our employees are experiencing a hostile workplace," Brandland said.
Brandland said the caucus is not punishing Roach for her views, rather her treatment of personnel, "It was the way that she handled the issue. It was a very personal attack against the employee. He felt that it was extremely personal and it wasn't, in his mind, about the issue. It was about him and his job performance. That's what the point is here."
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