Stephen Pidgeon presenting oral argument
Stephen Pidgeon offers oral argument at a February 2020 hearing in Garfield County v. State (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Defeat­ed Wash­ing­ton State guber­na­to­r­i­al can­di­date Loren Culp and his sad excuse for an attor­ney Stephen Pid­geon have pulled the plug on Culp’s mali­cious and base­less law­suit against the State of Wash­ing­ton alleg­ing that the 2020 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion was fraud­u­lent, Attor­ney Gen­er­al Bob Fer­gu­son’s office says.

“Rather than con­cede grace­ful­ly, Mr. Culp has used this law­suit to dis­tract from the mag­ni­tude of his loss and to sow con­fu­sion. Mr. Culp also fundraised off his base­less alle­ga­tions, even as the coun­try has erupt­ed in vio­lence stoked by the types of reck­less alle­ga­tions made in this lit­i­ga­tion. This past week has put into stark relief the dam­age that has been wrought by such untruths,” the Attor­ney Gen­er­al’s office declared in a court filing.

Fer­gu­son warned Pid­geon — a racist and a con­spir­a­cy the­o­rist — that if he did not with­draw the suit, the state would move to seek sanc­tions against him.

The threat worked, and the suit was with­drawn with prej­u­dice, mean­ing that it can­not be refiled. Pid­geon was paid $50,000 by Culp to insti­gate the suit.

Stephen Pidgeon presenting oral argument
Stephen Pid­geon offers oral argu­ment at a Feb­ru­ary 2020 hear­ing in Garfield Coun­ty v. State (Pho­to: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

In addi­tion to his work with Culp, Pid­geon is also a long­time asso­ciate of Tim “Chair­man” Eyman. Eyman has repeat­ed­ly described Pid­geon “bril­liant” and likes to gush about his nonex­is­tent legal acu­men. Of course, in real­i­ty, in addi­tion to hold­ing a pletho­ra of un-Amer­i­can views, Pid­geon is a failed can­di­date for statewide office and a high­ly unsuc­cess­ful attor­ney who often los­es cases.

He and Eyman teamed up mul­ti­ple times in 2020 to file law­suits against the state regard­ing the emer­gency mea­sures tak­en to pre­vent the spread of COVID-19. Their law­suits did­n’t go any­where, but Eyman was nev­er­the­less suc­cess­ful in get­ting gullible reporters to show up and give him lots and lots of coverage.

In an attempt to explain their retreat, Culp and Pid­geon offered a pletho­ra of excus­es to their rabid fol­low­ers dur­ing a Face­book Live event.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp
Repub­li­can guber­na­to­r­i­al can­di­date Loren Culp

Culp claimed the law­suit was being pulled because the path ahead was treach­er­ous… or, as he put it, a “mine­field”. That’s misleading.

Pid­geon said the law­suit was nixed due to “tech­ni­cal­i­ties”. That’s false.

In fact, Pid­geon was forced to with­draw the law­suit because it had no mer­it what­so­ev­er. It fraud­u­lent­ly alleged fraud. It would have been a waste of pub­lic resources for it to have been giv­en any con­sid­er­a­tion in any courtroom.

The Wash­ing­ton State Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty is tired of Pid­geon not being held account­able for his unac­cept­able, unpro­fes­sion­al con­duct. The par­ty announced today that a com­plaint has been filed against Pid­geon with the Wash­ing­ton State Bar Asso­ci­a­tion by attor­neys Dmitri Iglitzin and Gabe Frumkin.

“We can­not come back from this assault on our democ­ra­cy unless those involved in the degra­da­tion of our Con­sti­tu­tion and demo­c­ra­t­ic insti­tu­tions under­stand that such rep­re­hen­si­ble behav­ior will have severe con­se­quences,” said Tina Pod­lodows­ki, Chair of the Wash­ing­ton State Demo­c­ra­t­ic Party.

“When any pub­lic offi­cial or offi­cer of the court betrays their sacred oath to defend our Con­sti­tu­tion, account­abil­i­ty for those actions must be swift. Wash­ing­to­ni­ans will not tol­er­ate the use of our judi­cial sys­tem for shame­less self-pro­mo­tion at the expense of the rule of law.”

The com­plaint against Pid­geon can be read below.

Bar com­plaint against Stephen Pidgeon

We’re glad to see Pid­geon final­ly being held account­able for a change. We hope he’s dis­barred and is forced to leave the legal profession.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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