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July 31, 2013 at 2:03 PM

GOP state Rep. Matt Shea attends Idaho event warning of economic collapse

State Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, has created a bit of a buzz nationally after reportedly warning people attending a northern Idaho rally about the “inevitable” collapse of the U.S. economy.

“We need to prepare for the inevitable collapse that is going to happen,” Shea said, according to Coeur d’Alene Press. “You know it’s going to happen. That’s right, I am a politician and I am standing up here and saying that.”

Shea could not be immediately reached for comment on Wednesday. The Associated Press picked up the story, which then ran nationally with excerpts of Shea’s comments. The Maddow Blog on MSNBC also picked up the news.

AP described the event, held last weekend at Farragut State Park, as a “Self Reliance” rally to urge like-minded thinkers to prepare for what they believe will be an inevitable collapse of the U.S. economy by stocking up on ammunition and other necessary supplies.

Shea was in the news last year after it was reported that he’d been cited for two violations of state firearms law following what police reports described as a road rage incident.

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