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Former Spokane mayor threatened with arrest in Pasco after attempted filibuster

Former Spokane Mayor John Talbott made headlines in the Tri-Cities this week after speaking to the Pasco City Council, getting his microphone cut off and being escorted out of the building by the police chief.

Talbott, who was elected to one term in Spokane City Hall in 1997, was there to raise questions about bonuses given to City Manager Gary Crutchfield, as well as $50,000 Crutchfield’s given out to the city’s employees in pay increases.

After speaking for a little more than two minutes, Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins asked Talbott to wrap up his comments, telling him he had a minute left.

“That isn’t going to do it,” Talbott responded. “Would you excuse me, I'm going to continue, and when you want to shut me up, you can ask the chief of police to come and escort me out.”

As Talbott continued speaking, even as Watkins tried to persuade to stop, his mic was cut and Police Chief Bob Metzger was beckoned.

Talbott, who continued his tirade, rebuffed Metzger, accidently slipping back to the Lilac City as he told the chief he wouldn’t stop his filibuster.

“I’m sorry,” he said to Metzger. “I came down here on behalf of the citizens of Spokane to keep them from getting raped and pillaged by this council.”

Metzger threatened to arrest him, at which point the two walked out together.

See the video of the whole thing here. Talbott steps to the mic at 13:45.

Then check out the Tri-City Herald’s report here.

RPS critics try to scuttle Ormsby nomination

A former Spokane mayor and other critics of the River Park Square project are opposing the nomination of a local lawyer to be the next U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington because of his involvement in the mall renovation some 10 years ago.

Former Mayor John Talbott and three others sent a five-page letter to President Barack Obama and key members of Congress asking that Mike Ormsby not be named to the district’s top federal law enforcement spot because of his role in helping to secure financing for the controversial project. They claim the project was rife with fraud, despite federal investigators’ determination last September that no fraud occurred in the mall’s financing.

Ormsby called the letter an “effort to demonize me as a part of this project” and said some of its statements were false or misleading.

“The letter far overstates my importance to and involvement in the project,” he said. “I very much look forward to defending my reputation, performance and ethics in the vetting process.”

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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