Attorney Might Sue Over GOP Benton County, Wash. Caucus

Mar 5, 2012

RICHLAND, Wash. – A Benton County Washington Republican is considering a lawsuit because he is so disgruntled over voters being turned away from overcrowded caucuses. This happened in Kennewick on Saturday. Correspondent Anna King explains.

Ray Swenson is an attorney in Richland. And he’s willing to file a lawsuit against his own party if others will join as plaintiffs. The suit would seek to include the votes of those excluded at Saturday’s Benton County Republican caucuses.

Swenson and hundreds of others weren’t able to cast their votes in the presidential straw poll because of an overwhelming turnout and a bottleneck at the registration desks.

“It felt more like being in Russia during the election for Vladimir Putin, instead of being in America where the government is supposed to be of the people, by the people and for the people,” Swenson says.

The chairman of the Benton County Republican party said volunteers followed state GOP rules and had to obey fire codes. Patrick McBurney places blame on Washington’s elected leaders for eliminating the state’s primary.


You can contact Ray Swenson at

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