Rivers explains her side in fuss with Benton

first_imgPreviously on this storySen. Benton files complaint against colleague.Legislative remediesThe Majority Coalition Caucus is implementing at least three attempts at remedies for the strife between the two senators.• The two will have their seats moved in caucus so they will not be seated near one another.• After the end of the 2013 special session, the two will no longer share a staff person for public information.• As Rivers is the caucus whip, Benton will use an intermediary to communicate with her on matters such as attendance.State Sen. Don Benton allegedly refused to leave Sen. Ann Rivers alone, and called her “weird” multiple times before she cursed at him during an altercation on the Senate floor in April, according to Rivers’ account of the exchange.Rivers, R-La Center, released documentation Friday detailing the encounter with Benton, who has since filed a formal complaint against Rivers for using abusive language toward him. Benton, R-Vancouver, said in the complaint that Rivers’ actions demeaned and embarrassed him, and made him feel physically threatened.According to Rivers’ account, Benton approached her April 19 on the floor of the Senate to ask her for more details about an effort affecting the Columbia River Crossing project. Both senators have opposed the transportation project as planned.Rivers declined to discuss specifics, but Benton pressed her for more information. It was at that time that Rivers confronted Benton for allegedly spreading misinformation about her stance on the CRC to Clark County residents.Rivers said she told Benton: “I know who you are, I know what you do, I want no part of you or a relationship with you. I will work with you in a professional manner but beyond that I want nothing to do with you.”last_img

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