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Tag: Luke Esser


More on the relationship between Rob McKenna and Kirby Wilbur (or, can the new GOP chair and his likely candidate for governor get along?)

Last weekend, former talk radio host Kirby Wilbur defeated incumbent state Republican Party Chairman Luke Esser. It was a bit of a surprise to those outside the party machinery because Esser doesn’t appear to have done anything that would anger the state committee, other than not winning as many races in November.

But what might just be an internal preference by the 117 state committee members has been expanded into a litmus test of the future of the party, the role of the tea party and the 2012 campaign for governor.

Like by Chris Grygiel at seattlepi.com, John

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GOP activists try to build ‘party of action’

The Republican state convention is underway in Vancouver, Wash.

Saturday is the big finale, with speeches by candidates and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, but the first two days are devoted to making the Republicans a “party of action,” party Chairman Luke Esser said.

So Thursday afternoon, party activists sat through a workshop on how to harness blogs and social media to their advantage. Today, they’re scheduled to go to “campaign school” for tips on wooing voters.

Candidates are milling in the crowd trying to build support from the party’s core.

One thing they won’t get here is an anointment.

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