Spying claims spur calls for Washington lawmaker ouster

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state may seem ultraliberal, but voters in one of its deeply conservative areas have re-elected a Republican six times who thinks Communists and atheists will destroy the U.S.

Now Matt Shea faces a legislative investigation and calls for his resignation following media reports he was in a chat group discussing surveillance on progressives.

Shea is also a major proponent of splitting Washington into two states, with Eastern Washington becoming the state of Liberty.

Shea, who didn’t respond to interview requests, represents the city of Spokane Valley and some surrounding areas.