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Oregon voters give big vote of confidence to county official who stood up to Ammon Bundy


Harney County Judge Steve Grasty angered the militants with his critical comments throughout the six-week-long occupation, and the recall petition filed by general contractor Kim Rollins was triggered by his decision to bar Bundy from using a county fairgrounds building for a meeting, reported OregonLive.

But the recall measure failed by a resounding 70-30 vote, according to the Harney County clerk.

"I have to believe this wasn't just about Steve Grasty," the judge told the newspaper. "I think it's an affirmation that we did a lot of things right, and I mean the community when I say 'we.'"

Grasty, who has served since 1999 as a county judge, will step down when his current term ends in January.