Sheriff Knezovich asks GOP leaders to hold Shea accountable

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is calling for the condemnation of fellow Republican - Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane Valley.

SPOKANE, Wash. --- Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich called Tuesday for the condemnation of Republican Representative Matt Shea.

The move comes after Shea alleged a gun, once owned by a sheriff’s deputy, was used in a triple murder.

The sheriff called that accusation a lie.

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is not taking the allegation lightly.
"It's some of the most ugly politics that I've ever seen and being involved in,” said Knezovich.

According to Representative Matt Shea, a sheriff's deputy was somehow connected to a triple murder in Colbert in 2015.

Representative Shea made the allegation on his podcast, however, Sheriff Knezovich has called that claim a blatant lie.

The sheriff has reached out to several prominent Republicans in the area.

"I have made it very clear to the chair of the Spokane County Republican Party, I expect to see him censored for this,” said Knezovich.

This week, the sheriff spoke to several lawmakers like Senator Mike Padden, Representative Bob McCaslin, and Representative Kevin Parker.



"I'm telling the Republican Party, you need to clean it up, this individual needs to be held accountable,” added Knezovich.

According to a legislative employee with Washington's House Republican Caucus, condemnations are not issued often.

In fact, according to that source, they are used mainly when a lawmaker has committed a crime or campaign law violation.

Lawmakers are incredibly reluctant to get involved in inner-party disputes.

If a condemnation is not issued, Sheriff Knezovich said he is prepared to file a lawsuit against Representative Shea for defamation of character.






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