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Fortunato Says Wednesday Olympia Rally ‘Sends Wrong Message’


State Sen. Phil Fortunato, R-Auburn, issued the following statement on the news of yesterday’s events in Olympia.

“If you believe in the Constitution, as I do, the behavior witnessed in Olympia is unhelpful to those of us working to protect our rights.

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Sen. Phil Fortunato | courtesy photo

While I support the open carry of firearms as protected by state law, using them as a prop and flaunting this right, sends the wrong message. Whatever point today’s demonstrators were trying to make is lost on the general public.

We have a right to demonstrate in front of the Capitol Building to send a message. You may disagree with the Governor’s actions or consider them infringements or violations of our personal rights as I do. However, breaching his private residence doesn’t send a message of policy disapproval rather it communicates a personal threat. Those are two different things.

I encourage the exercising of our rights. Want to have a rally and demonstrate? I’m there with you, but not to violate someone’s personal space in a threatening manner.”

The above is a press release from the office of Sen. Phil Fortunato.  The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its contents and encourages our readers to personally verify any information they find may be overly biased or questionable. The publication of this press release does not indicate an endorsement of its contents. 
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