According to the internet, Colin Powell once said, “A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.” Which is a bit of a modern take on the proverb that says, “If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.”
All of which should have Republicans throughout the region scratching with fervor these days.
The Clark County Republican Party, you see, has chosen to get in bed with just about the mangiest mutt in Washington politics. The local GOP has selected state Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane Valley to emcee its annual Lincoln Day Gala and Auction on April 25, months after an independent investigation determined Shea has engaged in “domestic terrorism.”
Shea is a Republican in name only. Literally. He has been kicked out of the Republican caucus in the Legislature, stripped of his committee assignments, and had his photo scrubbed from the House Republicans’ website.
This punishment follows an investigation commissioned by House leadership into Shea’s activities when away from Olympia. You know, things such as participating in online chats advocating political violence. And volunteering to conduct background checks on Spokane residents. And being so nefarious that Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said there is enough evidence “to charge Shea with domestic terrorism, if not treason.”
That likely will be up to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. But it should be enough to have local Republicans scratching their heads as to why the party would embrace Shea.