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State supporters of Nevada rancher respond to recent ‘slaves’ remarks

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A group of Central Washington lawmakers and congressional candidates who ardently supported Cliven Bundy responded with mixed reactions Thursday.

“The comments themselves are offensive and unnecessary,” said Rep. David Taylor, R-Moxee, who traveled to Nevada to support Bundy two weeks ago.

One of Taylor’s colleagues who also made the trip, Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, posted on social media that he condemned the comments as well.

“That viewpoint is entirely inconsistent with our values as Americans,” Shea wrote on Twitter.

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