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Wed., July 31, 2013, 2:17 p.m.

Rep. Shea: Vito’s Radical Buddy

Reps. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, and Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, were featured speakers at a survivalist rally at Farragut State Park/Bayview last weekend. Rachel Maddow discussed Shea's presence in a blog post, citing the Southern Poverty Law Center's data about him:

In a profile of Shea, the SPLC said that he has not recently been involved in the immigration issue, but he is actively perpetuating a conspiracy that the government has plans to disarm Americans and round them up into concentration camps run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  His talk at the rally didn't mention the concentration camps, but he did urge attendees to get organized and to prepare for when the government steps in after the "inevitable collapse. When it happens, we need to look at this as an opportunity, not a crisis," he said. "Who's job is liberty? That's our job." (Rep. Matt Shea, 2nd from left, with Idaho Reps. Phil Hart, left, and Vito Barbieri, right, at 2012 Ron Paul rally in Spokane.)

Question: Is this the type of guy you want your representative running with?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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