Democrat State Auditor Troy Kelley Should Step Down    

March 19, 2015

UPDATE, March 24 – To sign our petition demanding that State Auditor Kelley step down, CLICK HERE.

BELLEVUE, WA, March 19 – The Chairman of the Washington State Republican Party, Susan Hutchison, released the following statement:

“Democratic State Auditor Troy Kelley, under investigation by the IRS, should step down immediately until allegations have been cleared connecting him to income tax evasion, fraud, theft, financial abuse, laundering money in Belize and misappropriation of $3.8 million in funds from a former client.  Earlier this week Federal agents, with subpoenas in hand, searched Kelley’s home for five hours.  We await their findings. [1][2]

“As State Auditor, Kelley is responsible for finding and preventing waste, fraud, and abuse in state government.  The position requires the highest standards of honesty and integrity.  The citizens of this state are not served when the character of the State Auditor is called into question.  Allegations of wrong doing occurred during his election in 2012, and have been affirmed by the media and now the federal government. [3][4][5]  If Kelley does not immediately step down, Democrat Governor Inslee should do the right thing and demand Kelley’s resignation.

“This story brings to mind recent corruption charges against Democratic governor John Kitzhaber of Oregon and Washington’s Democrat Lt. Governor Brad Owen, fined for ethics violations.  Former Washington State Auditor Brian Sonntag, who served for 20 years (5 terms) with a reputation above reproach, was dismissed from the Democratic Party soon after he retired for becoming the senior fellow for Government Accountability at a think tank.”

[1] “Federal Agents Search State Auditor’s House,” Seattle Times, 3/18/15
[2] “Federal Agents Search Serve Search Warrant at State Auditor Troy Kelley’s Home,”
[3] “Auditor hopefule Kelley charged with theft, mismanagement,” Olympia Report, 9/7/12
[4] “Troy Kelley Settles Misconduct Case,” Seattle Times, 9/6/12
[5] “James Watkins Unloads Accusations on Troy Kelley,” Tacoma News Tribune, 9/6/12

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