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Washington Supreme Court Puts Nail In Coffin Of State Auditor Recall Effort

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley
Washington Legislature
Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley

The Washington Legislature has no plans to impeach indicted State Auditor Troy Kelley. And now it’s clear he also won’t be recalled from office.

The Washington Supreme Court Thursday upheld a lower court decision to dismiss an effort to recall Kelley. The justices concluded that each charge in the recall petition was factually or legally insufficient.

Kelley faces trial next month on a multi-count federal indictment related to his past business practices. The first-term Democrat has pleaded not guilty to all charges and has said he has no plans to run for re-election this year regardless of the outcome of the trial.

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Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."