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Representative Maureen Walsh Censured by Franklin County G.O.P.

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WALLA WALLA, Wash--  The Franklin County G.O.P. Committee is verbally reprimanding Walla Walla Representative Maureen Walsh for her co-sponsoring of a bill that would expand same-sex partners' rights.

The bill has yet to be signed into law by the governor.  The Republican Committee says the proposed bill goes against party values.  They also say they will look to replace representative Walsh. 

On Thursday, the Reprsentative spoke out, and the Walla Walla G.O.P. Committee is not saying who they support.

"This one issue has obviously driven a wedge between me and that particular faction of republicans in the Tri-Cities and again, it's one of those issues we'll just have to disagree on because I won't compromise," says Representative Walsh.  "If it's not right in my heart and it's not right in my mind, i'm not voting for it."

"She tends to be an independent person and she votes the way she feels and the way she feels the majority of her constituents would vote I believe, and her position has always been 'if you don't like the job I'm doing, vote me out,'" says Jim Johnson, chairman of the Walla Walla G.O.P. Committee.

This isn't the first time Representative Walsh has voted in favor of same-sex partners' rights.  The Walla Walla G.O.P. Committee says it will likely back one side in a matter of weeks.  At that point, they say we'll have a better understanding of any penalties.