State senator files complaint over colleague's 'uncontrollable tirade'

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - One Republican state senator from southwest Washington has filed a complaint against another, citing language used in two recent incidents.

The Columbian reports that Sen. Don Benton of Vancouver said Thursday he has filed a legislative complaint with the secretary of the state Senate against Sen. Ann Rivers of La Center.

Benton contends Rivers shouted at him on April 19 on the floor of the Senate in what he calls "an uncontrollable tirade" and again during a June caucus meeting.

Benton wrote in his complaint that during the April incident, he feared "that she may even physically strike me."

Rivers says she hasn't seen the complaint. She told the newspaper she would, in her words, "stand my ground against anyone who attempts to bully, intimidate or threaten me."

Rivers confirmed two clashes with Benton and said she intends to release her own account.

Deputy Secretary of the Senate Brad Hendrickson said he couldn't comment on any legislative complaints.