The Building Industry Association of Washington just confirmed in a news release that executive vice president Tom McCabe is leaving after 21 years fighting state regulations and high-profile political campaigns.
Here is the release, which comes amid rumors and background statements by sources close to BIAW that McCabe was negotiating a $1.25 million buy-out. BIAW spokesmen and McCabe did not return a telephone call asking for comment today.
Association president Matthew Clarkston of Camas also did not return a call today.
McCabe had led efforts to grow the BIAW from a 2,000-member trade group in 1990 to more than 10,000 members and a role as a feared, aggressive political organization in Washington state politics. BIAW led efforts to repeal state ergonomics rules through a citizen referendum and spent close to $7 million trying to elect Republican Dino Rossi as governor in 2008.