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High-profile leader leaving powerful builders’ group

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on Dec. 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm with 3 Comments »
December 10, 2010 5:23 pm

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.

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  1. Is that a typo? A $1.25 million dollar buy-out?

  2. CrazyJim says:

    Another one fighting for the idle rich leaving his position with a pocketful of cash. Yawn!

  3. Re: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/12/11/1460708/stop-and-go-problem.html

    (can’t poat it there so have to post it here):

    Ha..! this has been a problem for a long time before JBLM began transfering troops to the area. As the article says – since 2005. Which is when I started driving southbound home from work. Luckily I get off at Graveley Lake Dr. exit..the rest of the way is always a parking lot in the afternoon, until you get past the Nisqually Bridge. Wait about 5 years when all the illegal’s children get their drivers licences, it’s going to get 1000 times worse.

    In the 90’s I used to drive Steilacoom/Dupont Highway about once a week as part of my work. It was always my favorite ride – I’d see maybe 2 cars on the entire drive up that

    road. Now, people use it to try to get around the I-5 mess, and there are literally hundreds of cars using that road at any time of day.

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