BELLEVUE, WA, April 30 – Susan Hutchison, the Chairman of the Washington State Republican Party, issued the following statement: Without a doubt, it is time for Governor Inslee to replace Troy Kelley. No elected official can take an indefinite leave of absence, with or without pay, abandoning their job. In this case, the voters are being deprived of their right to have an elected State Auditor on the job. Job abandonment is, in effect, a resignation – and Inslee should accept Kelley’s resignation! Here are the actions being taken by the WSRP and Republican legislators to address this travesty:
- Attached is a copy of a 45 Day Citizen Action letter … sent by the WSRP to Attorney General Ferguson, demanding that he take action against Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley for violating campaign finance laws in his 2012 campaign.
- We were the first to call for Kelley to resign. As I said in my April 16 press release, “If he chooses not to resign immediately, the legislature should introduce articles of impeachment.”
- HB2249, the bill being promoted by Representatives Stokesbary and MacEwen, which would consider an elected office vacant if the officeholder takes a declared leave of absence for reasons other than health or military duty, should quickly be approved by the House and Senate, and signed into law by the Governor.
Right now, Governor Inslee and the Democrats are stalling. Instead, the Governor should name Kelley’s temporary replacement immediately – ahead of candidate filing week – so that the voters have a chance to elect a new State Auditor in November 2015.