Becker surprised new majority leader won’t honor predecessor’s agreement


OLYMPIA… Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, issued the following statement in response to reports that Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig has decided to continue with the Senate investigation of Sen. Joe Fain, R-Covington:


“I initially supported the investigation of Senator Fain. In fact, I seconded the motion in the Facilities and Operations Committee meeting to proceed. But that was based on the trend that showed he was ahead in his reelection bid and the constitutional provision that the majority could decide not to seat him. Now that he’s lost, the purpose for the investigation no longer exists. He won’t be returning to the Senate.


“We are hearing that the new majority leader will not honor the agreement made with his predecessor, which was that the investigation would only proceed if Senator Fain remained a member of the Senate.


“An investigation of Sen. Fain could cost taxpayers upwards of $100,000. For what? Since the alleged activity took place years before he became a senator, and he’s not continuing with us, an investigation no longer has a legislative purpose.


“This case properly belongs in a court. Because his accuser isn’t going to pursue her legal options, the Senate shouldn’t succumb to political pressure to further damage the reputation of a man who has not been charged with anything.


“This is all the result of social media being used to attack a man whose behavior has been nothing but sterling during his entire tenure in the legislature.”


Article II, Section XIII of the Washington State Constitution:


Judges of their own election and qualification – quorum. Each house shall be the judge of the election returns and qualifications of its own members…