Wilbur to challenge Esser for state GOP post

  • Jerry Cornfield
  • Tuesday, November 9, 2010 1:32pm
  • Local News

Longtime talk radio host Kirby Wilbur confirmed today that he will challenge Luke Esser for the chairmanship of the state Republican Party in 2011.

Wilbur told me in an e-mail that he spoke with Esser today about his intentions.

(I left a phone message with Esser. I’ve assumed he will seek re-election but he has not said so publicly yet.)

As to why he is running, Wilbur wrote to me:

“We did make some gains last Tuesday, but not as many as we should have, given that the voters rejected the income tax and candy tax so overwhelmingly and reinstated 960 as well by a large margin. I have gotten a lot of support and encouragement from within the party and have a vision for the state party and I think the skills and talent to bring it about.”

Wilbur, who spent 16 years on KVI in Seattle, is currently the director of the Washington state chapter of Americans for Prosperity.

That could make this contest interesting. Right now, Wilbur and the group are getting a bit of attention from the state Public Disclosure Commission which wants it to file reports on its spending in the election. To catch up on that story, check out today’s update on Publicola

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