Matt Shea, in case anyone cares, is currently representing the Spokane Valley’s 4th district in Olympia. THANK GOD he is up for reelection this term, and hopefully he will be replaced in said workspace at that time! Because, he is a freaking head case! Granted, the Valley has an uncomfortable propensity to vote overwhelmingly for anybody with an “R” or “GOP” after his name (and it is invariably a “he”). But, come on, Valleyites! You can do better! Write in your dog’s name!
Matt is a totally clean-cut white boy, pure as the driven. He likes to spend his vacation down on the ranch – Clive Bundy’s ranch, that is. Clive, in case you haven’t been buffeted by this news yet, is an unapologetic racist. In fact, I don’t think he even reflects on some of the stuff he says as kind of, out there. Like the “Black people were better off as slaves” remark. That seems a little loaded, but he felt totally fine about laying it out there, because he doesn’t get it. “Not getting it” isn’t stupid exactly, but it’s somewhere in the ballpark. It’s only when you don’t learn from the reception of your egregiously asinine comments that you prove yourself irredeemably stupid. Clive is not a learner.
Matt isn’t much of a learner either. In 2009 Larry Stickney and Gary Randall founded a new organization to try to repeal Washington’s recently passed domestic-partnership bill, according to records filed with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission. They called the group “Protect Marriage Washington”. Three lawmakers joined them on the board: one of whom was Representative Matt Shea (R-4).
I guess “Protect Marriage Washington” wasn’t a winner, because the last time anybody posted on their official site was 2012. But the tone of the whole thing was decidedly homophobic, in that the gays had a “lobby” and were gonna inundate good God-fearing government representatives like Matt Shea.
Plus, you’d think that Matt would’ve soured on the whole marriage thing because of his knock-down, drag-out divorce with wife Lisa. Lisa had to invoke not one, not two, but three restraining orders against pro-marriage dude Matt, plus a protection order. In Washington, restraining orders tell you to stop doing something that is bugging another person. Protection orders tell you to stop hurting another person, which, I suspect, includes saying threatening things to that person that scare the shit out of them and makes them think they’re gonna die.
So, Matt loves marriage so much (and hates gays even more), he wants other people to experience the delights and pleasures therein, such as fear, threats, and legal intervention. Long story short: Matt is a domestic abuser.
Then there was the messy election cycle of 2012, where a cute little CPA name of Amy Biviano decided to run against him. Things deteriorated. In May of 2012, Shea’s campaign signs were vandalized with swastikas and profanity, and he saw it as a hate crime, kinda like lynching black people and sending Jews to concentration camps. (Just so you know, it doesn’t make the cut.) “This is clearly an attempt to threaten, harass and intimidate me and my family,” he wrote on his campaign site. Biviano later accused Shea of “intimidation” when he posted photographs on Facebook of himself smiling outside her house and refused to remove them.
So let’s see here. A bunch of wild cards run around the streets drawing graffiti on Matt’s signs. Okay, but I doubt Amy Biviano was on her knees in the weeds with a spray can full of black Rustoleum, and probably had nothing to do with the vandalization. Judging from the amazing things Republicans do and then blame other people for – like starting the impeach-Obama natter that promptly backfired on them big time, so they had to offload responsibility in a hurry – it would not be a stretch to think some of his own people did it, just to make the news cycle.
But the Facebook thing? Maximum creepiness. Controlling, smug, self-righteous, and completely unprofessional.
But then Matt IS creepy, controlling, and self-righteous. There was that gun thing, remember? In November of 2011, Shea “pulled a gun during a confrontation with another motorist…in what police reports describe as a road rage incident.” As this speeder guy Leroy approached the stop light at Main/Monroe, where the street widens to four lanes, a truck-drivin’ Matt Shea sped up and cut him off. Leroy honked his horn and cut in front of Matt, who then flipped him off. Leroy said that the truck then pulled behind him and he could see Matt pointing his finger at him. As Leroy described Matt pointing his finger, Matt simulated a gun with his index finger and thumb. Leroy told us that when he saw Matt pointing his finger at him, Leroy flipped Matt off.
Okay, stupid driving, guys flipping each other off. Happens every day. But then …
Leroy said Matt pulled into the lane beside him and reached behind the passenger seat of his truck. Leroy saw Matt pull what he believed to be a gun, out from behind the seat. Leroy described it as a “black, semi-automatic” handgun. Leroy said, “I freaked out”. . .said he was driving, “crazy”. . . When Leroy saw the gun, he accelerated and began swerving around cars to get away from Matt. Leroy said that he feared for his life and his only goal once he saw the gun, was to get as far away as possible. Leroy said that he broke the law in his attempts to get away because he was scared.
With little or no concern for the safety of other motorists, pedestrians, or kids playing in neighborhood, Republican State Representative Matt Shea chased Leroy with his illegal handgun up South Monroe to 29th Ave. The gun was loaded. One or both cars were traveling through the residential area in considerable excess of the speed limit.
That’s the important part. And doesn’t mention til later that Matt’s weapons permit was years out of date, and thus, invalid. Of course, Matt engaged in the usual slimy-politician game of claiming another witness that would repudiate all the worst stuff about him, but Matt never was able or willing to produce this mythical person. But the bottom line? MATT SHEA WAS BEING A TOTAL JERK. Just who I want making laws for me – a guy who doesn’t follow laws AT ALL.
Gosh, sometimes people get caught up in the heat of the moment, y’know. But sometimes there’s a pattern, too. Like: Shea has also been the focus of news articles related to angry outbursts at his legislative office and a report that he was disarmed by a commander while he served in Iraq due to anger management issues.
This is one pissed-off hombre. And now, the latest on Matt Shea: In a criminal investigation “done by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office last month, police records show a woman was dining at the Rancho Viejo in June when she overheard a group of men talking. She told investigators they were talking about “the Bundy Ranch, the Militia, snipers, special forces, churches [and] Oath Keepers.” She says they were talking about a “thermal night-vision monocular and were passing it around for everyone to look at.” The woman says she heard the names Stewart Rhodes and Ryan Payne and upon searching them on Google, she found Rhodes was the man doing most of the talking. Rhodes is the founder of the Oath Keepers. According to the report, the woman “didn’t hear all of the conversations, but said she heard enough that it concerned her and she thought maybe these guys were planning some kind of attack.” The woman took pictures of the group, which includes Matt Shea and Rhodes, and reported the incident to sheriff’s deputies. The sheriff’s sergeant who investigated wrote in his report that he was passing on the information and pictures to the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Jeepers. They tell us all the time, “See something? Say something!” I salute this fine citizen for trying to look out for my best interests! Because I would’ve been totally creeped out too! Shades of Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing, which killed 168 people and injured more than 680 others, in case you forgot!
Matt Shea. In the news AGAIN. What the HELL does it take to convince people that he is the WORST kind of politician to crawl out from the scum and scurf of the slimy-politician’s muckhole? It is DISGUSTING.
Quadruple ick with extra vanilla. ICK ICK ICK ICK ICK.
And the big question is: WHY OH WHY does anybody VOTE for this character? He’s a horror show. Just because he sports an “R” does not make him worthy of office.