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Sen. Pam Roach defends herself against allegations

Sen. Pam Roach at the press conference

State Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, met with members of the media Thursday to respond to recent and past allegations made against her regarding the treatment of legislative staff.

She told the journalists in attendance she wanted to explain who she was, highlight her accomplishments, and provide background on what lead up to sanctions imposed on her in 2010 by the Senate for the mistreatment of staff.

Those sanctions were lifted by the Senate Facilities and Operations Committee this week, allowing Roach to serve as Chair of the Senate Governmental Operations Committee.

New Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina, told The Associated Press the Senate will investigate how the news organization obtained documents related to a more recent case in which Sen. Roach was accused of verbally attacking a Senate Republican staff member.

Due to TVW’s commitment to covering Washington’s legislative committee hearings, TVW did not have a camera at Sen. Roach’s press event.  We did, however, send a representative who recorded the audio.  Here is that unedited audio.

Click the link in the following window to listen: Pam Roach Press Conference (AUDIO)

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