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The threat worked, and the suit was withdrawn with prejudice, meaning that it cannot be refiled.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.
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.
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.