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Shogan says his colleagues' appearance on radio show is "upsetting"

Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan e-mailed his colleagues on the council this week to clarify his opinion about a radio show hosted by a man accused of threatening him.

In an article in The Spokesman-Review over the weekend, Shogan said he was OK with other council members appearing on the show, which is hosted by David Elton.

"OK meant I have no control over their actions, but it's upsetting to me and my family that they went on (Elton's) show," Shogan said in an interview on Monday.

Elton hosts a weekly show on KTRW 630 AM. He said last week that he pays the station for the right to host the program.

Guests who have appeared so far include City Council members Nancy McLaughlin and Steve Corker, County Commissioner Mark Richard, county commission candidate Steve Salvatori and county prosecuting attorney candidate Dave Stevens.

Asked late last month about council members' participation on the show, Shogan said: "They're adults. They decide what they do," Shogan said. "The problems I have are with David Elton. They're not with the rest of the council."


Elton, 44, faces three counts of felony harassment for allegedly threatening, in e-mails, Shogan, Cowles Co. Chairwoman Betsy Cowles and Elton's ex-wife, Robin Stewart. The Cowles Co. owns The Spokesman-Review. In 2004, he pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor harassment charge after leaving a threatening phone message for his ex-wife, according to court documents.

The count related to Shogan stems from an e-mail that Elton wrote in December 2008 that allegedly said he would "enjoy the decapitation of Joey boy."

Elton has argued that his messages were protected free speech.

An update on the case is included on a post at Sirens & Gavels.

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