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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
In his State of the State Address on Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee called on the Legislature to criminalize certain statements about election integrity by state lawmakers.
This morning, I issued a statement on my website in response to the governor's comments.
Click below to watch the video. Or go here: https://youtu.be/mNWQua-bi84.
My written statement is below:
“In the governor's State of the State Address Tuesday, he chose to attack legislators like me who are standing up and working to bring integrity to our election process in Washington state. Governor Inslee actually said, 'The right to representative government today is under attack in our country. And unfortunately, I must say, in our own state.' I couldn't agree more. Governor Inslee effectively attacked us as state legislators who represent the people. He's also ruled as a one-man dictator for the past two years through emergency powers in our state. That is completely opposite to a representative form of government and it's completely un-American.
“It is my sworn constitutional duty to ensure that every vote cast in our state is actually legal, legitimate and properly counted. What is not legitimate is to intimidate legislators of the opposition party into silence, and to threaten our constitutionally-protected right of free speech with criminal prosecution. I am introducing legislation in this 2022 session that seeks to ensure election integrity in Washington state. My sponsorship of this legislation on behalf of the people I represent will not be suppressed, nor will I be intimidated by the governor, nor silenced by his threats to make free speech and our First Amendment rights illegal.”
I will always fight to protect your constitutional rights and freedoms, and to protect you from government overreach. Please stay informed and involved.
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