Documents describe vulgar outburst by Sen. Roach

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Associated Press

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 9:32 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Newly released documents describe how a Republican state senator began verbally attacking fellow lawmakers at a meeting last year.

Three written accounts of the incident detail how a budget meeting turned confrontational as Sen. Pam Roach interrupted a senator's presentation and went on a red-faced tirade. One account described her using curse words while another recalls how she raised out of her seat, pointed at another senator and used charged language to criticize what she called "fat" Republican districts.

The outburst occurred shortly after the Republican caucus allowed Roach back in to meetings. She had been barred from attending sessions due to past allegations that she mistreated staffers.

Roach didn't return calls seeking comment Wednesday night. It's not clear who provided the written accounts because names were redacted.

A Republican-dominated coalition in the state Senate agreed Tuesday to lift all sanctions against Roach despite a recent conclusion that she had violated policies during that March meeting.

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