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King County judge rules against effort to recall state AG Bob Ferguson

Jan 10, 2020, 1:07 PM | Updated: 3:56 pm
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Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

A King County judge ruled Friday against a recall effort against Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

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Scott Bannister of Yelm and Matthew Marshall of Roy claim Ferguson used his office to push support for I-1639, a gun control measure approved by voters in 2018.

“(Our charges) come from his sponsorship, endorsement, and really the weaponizing of his office for his own political agenda. So, specifically gun rights are one of the things that really triggered a lot of us to take action right now,” Marshall recently told the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH.

They also alleged a conflict of interest in Ferguson’s role in the recent court challenge over a $30 car tab measure.

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“The problem is look at what we’ve just done with our third or fourth time now voting for $30 car tabs. People don’t believe that the vote has any meaning anymore,” said Marshall. “People are disenfranchised — and honestly, I’m one of them — that doesn’t believe that if we just take this to election, that there won’t be some sort of underlying corruption that benefits Bob Ferguson.”

Ultimately, the judge ruled the petition was too vague on both counts, although Friday’s ruling against the recall can still be appealed to the Washington State Supreme Court. Marshall was a guest on KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson show on Friday and said he will not file an appeal.

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King County judge rules against effort to recall state AG Bob Ferguson