Andrew Garber’s piece in today’s Seattle Times, a look at the new-look Building Industry Association of Washington, is worth a read.
The builders’ group’s finances have taken a major hit in the wake of the housing collapse, and it may not be able to bankroll Republican candidates on the scale it has in past elections when it played counterweight to organized labor.
Former GOP state chairman Chris Vance says: “What it means is the Republicans have no allies with any real money.”
That seems like good news for Jay Inslee and bad news for Rob McKenna – except that the conservative BIAW butted heads with McKenna and said last year that Inslee “would be a preferable choice for governor” over his GOP rival.
Under its new leaders, the group has buried the hatchet with McKenna, according to Garber’s story.
In fact, it seems to be doing a lot of fence-mending, including with Gov. Chris Gregoire, whom the group once compared to a “she-wolf.”