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What’s next for Boquist?

SALEM, Oregon — An investigation continues into State Sen. Brian Boquist (R-McMinnville) after comments he made last month during the cap and trade standoff.

Portland attorney Brenda Baumgart told the Senate Special Committee on Conduct that she received reports about people who felt threatened or intimidated by Boquist’s comments on both the Senate floor and to a Portland TV station. Baumgart did not clarify how many reports she’d received or who made the claims. Baumgard said she had “no opinion” on whether or not he would act upon his threats, but added: “God, we hope not.”

Committe member State Sen. Alan Olsen (R-Canby) took issue with Baumgart’s statement.

“If this was a court of law, I would have objected,” Olsen said. “Because you are implying bias by putting that in there.”

The committee does not have a timeline to complete the investigation.

Boquist told reporters during the Republican walkout, “Send bachelors and come heavily armed. I’m not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon.”

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