Mild-mannered WA legislator carries out Matt Shea's far-right agenda as his replacement

When Matt Shea, the Washington state legislator with deep ties to right-wing extremists and a history of dalliances with domestic terrorists, final...

October 9, 2022
6:02 AM

When Matt Shea, the Washington state legislator with deep ties to right-wing extremists and a history of dalliances with domestic terrorists, finally stepped aside in 2020, he anointed a relatively unknown Republican named Rob Chase as his successor in his Spokane Valley district. Little was known about the much less bombastic Chase. Two years later, we know a lot: Not only has Chase proven to be a classic right-wing conspiracy theorist— dabbling in QAnon, 9/11 'truther,' and FEMA concentration camp theories, not to mention his ardent embrace of Donald Trump's claims of fraud in the 2020 election—he's also continued Shea's legacy of promoting far-right politics within the state Legislature.

David Neiwert