“The decision to limit the number of people in the Spokane office was made after consultation with the fire marshal, who issued a written ruling that only two members of the public could safely occupy the office on the sixth floor of the Peyton Building at a time,” she continued, also adding, that the arrangement allowed concerned citizens to meet with staff members individually, which promoted a “better dialogue.”
But in reality, this was a sleazy way for McMorris Rodgers to avoid her duties as a representative and to scapegoat Miller, who is not happy about being used in this way.
“I think somebody got badly quoted,” he said. “I did not issue any ruling saying only two members of the public could be in Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ office at the same time.”
He issued a statement which clarified that McMorris Rodgers was full of it “Based on Washington State’s currently adopted International Fire Code, International Building Code, and local municipal codes, the maximum capacity of the entire tenant space is 30 people.”
This is Republican “alternative facts” in action. Miller, the fire marshal, says the max occupancy of McMorris Rodgers’ office is 30 people, so she conveniently claims it is two—totally disregarding the truth.
I foresee many political careers coming to a screeching halt next year. In the meantime, if these cowardly congresscritters are so afraid of their constituents, resignations will be gladly accepted.