Oregon State Rep Who Opened Capitol Door To Mob Expelled From Office

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Oregon State Rep. Mike Nearman (R) became the first person ever expelled from the Oregon House of Representatives on Thursday, with all 59 of his colleagues…
Oregon State Rep. Mike Nearman (R) became the first person ever expelled from the Oregon House of Representatives on Thursday, with all 59 of his colleagues voting to vacate his seat over his decision to let a mob into the state Capitol last year.

In a 59-1 vote, with Nearman the sole opposition, the legislature was absolute. Nearman was the only Republican to speak during floor debate.

"You're considering expelling a member, for the first time in history, because he thinks that people should have access to their Capitol, especially during session," Nearman said, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported. "After this session, we're all going to go out to dinner or stop at the grocery store, or maybe tomorrow we'll shop and buy clothes or get our oil change, because all these places are open, but not this building."

The expulsion vote came after OPB surfaced a video from December showing Nearman seemingly coaching a roomful of people on something he called "Operation Hall Pass," instructing them to text him during a demonstration the following Monday when they were in a position to enter the building, which had been…
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