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posted Friday, January 28, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 04
New state GOP chair no friend of LGBT community
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New state GOP chair no friend of LGBT community

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In an upset victory, former KVI radio talk show host Kirby Wilbur trounced incumbent Luke Esser to win election as chair of the state Republican Party.

Delegates to a Republican meeting in Tukwila elected Wilbur on January 22 with 69 votes, to only 36 for Esser and seven for Bill Rennie.

Esser had been state GOP chair since 2007.

The change in Republican leadership was a blow to state Attorney General Rob McKenna, potential Republican candidate for governor in 2012.

McKenna had personally campaigned for his ally, Esser. Esser's defeat may indicate that McKenna's path to the gubernatorial nomination will be rockier than previously thought.

Neither Esser nor Wilbur is at all sympathetic to LGBT rights, but they represent different factions of the Republican Party.

As a state senator, Esser compiled a dismal record of opposition to LGBT interests that earned him a rock-bottom rating of zero from SEAMEC, the LGBT political advocacy group.

In 2004, he reportedly bragged to other Republicans that he single-handedly killed the Anderson-Murray Civil Rights Bill, which finally passed two years later.

As Republican chair, he led his party to advocate repeal of domestic partnership rights for same-sex couples in the Referendum 71 campaign.

Esser nevertheless aligned himself with so-called "mainstream" Republicans like McKenna and against the hard right figures who had controlled the state GOP throughout most of the 1990s.

Wilbur, in contrast, has lined up with many prominent right-wing leaders, ranging from neo-con Karl Rove to several Tea Party-backed legislative candidates.

Before his election to head the state Republicans, Wilbur was director of Americans for Prosperity Washington, the state chapter to Karl Rove's conservative fundraising machine.

As director, Wilbur was the target of complaints to the state Public Disclosure Commission that Americans for Prosperity Washington violated state disclosure law by refusing to reveal the identities of its donors.

Americans for Prosperity backed Dino Rossi's losing senate campaign with a series of attack ads targeting incumbent Democrat Patty Murray - including the now infamous "Tennis Shoes" ad which portrayed Murray's signature tennis shoes walking on the backs of the state's citizens.

Apart from his work with Rove's group, Wilbur also endorsed a number of legislative candidates in the November election, all of them anti-Gay and anti-choice, and many of them associated with the Tea Party.

Wilbur was one of the early fans of Republican legislative candidate Hans Zeiger, for example. After Zeiger's anti-Gay blog posts became public, his campaign removed Wilbur's name from his website, in an effort to give Zeiger a more mainstream image,

Wilbur also endorsed Elizabeth Scott, the gun-toting, anti-Gay, anti-choice opponent of Rep. Marko Liias (D-21).

Wilbur's election may spell trouble for McKenna's campaign to get the gubernatorial nomination.

It might also cast some doubt on the ability of Republicans to win back the governorship after seven Democratic victories stretching back to 1985.

Historically, far right candidates like former talk radio host John Carlson and Christian fundamentalist Ellen Craswell have performed very poorly in statewide races.

Dino Rossi, on the other hand, has been competitive in two gubernatorial races and one senate race by keeping a discreet distance from the far right wing of his party.

To date, McKenna is still the most prominent Republican commonly mentioned as a candidate for governor.

Congressman Jay Inslee (D-1) has been mentioned as a likely Democratic nominee, although Christine Gregoire has not ruled out running for a third term.

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