We have eleven months until the State GOP reorganization meeting next January. I think it’s high time things really started to change in the state of Washington. We have over twenty five years of this Bellevue mafia crowd running the State GOP, and what do we have to show for it? Well, we continue to pile up losses year after year. I’m telling all of you this now because if things don’t change in a hurry it’s going to get even worse. This upcoming election has the words “getting stomped on” written all over it. More about that as this story unfolds.
One of the things that this crowd loves most is to interfere in statewide and congressional races. Based upon what I have seen recently they have really revved it up this time. Let me explain.
The US Senate race: Back in September Philip Yin, a Bloomberg news anchor and part-time resident of Mercer Island. expressed interest in running against Maria Cantwell. As the weeks went by Mr Yin started to develop a plan and put a campaign staff together. Mr Yin is a multimillionaire and had made it known he was not going to fund raise. Instead he would use his own money to finance the campaign. Its pretty obvious he really wanted to run and thought he could win. The Bellevue Mafia chews these guys up and spits them out. You gotta join the club first, Yin.
So what happened? In a story dated Oct 26th 2011 posted on the Upfront at the KING5 website, Kirby Wilbur stated that Philip Yin had second thoughts and had decided not to run. Why on Earth would Mr Yin decide not to run?
As of today, according to the latest FEC filings Mr Baumgartner hasn’t raised a dime.
Ask yourself this question: Are they really going to force out a man with millions to spend for someone who appears to have nothing? Maybe this is about choosing Baumgartner; it’s just very difficult to believe. So who does that leave? I suppose it could be Dave Reichert, although I have been told he will probably run for reelection in his own district. Could it be Dino Rossi? Not a chance in this universe ever again. How about Sean Salazar? – very slim chance of that happening. So who does that leave? For now I’m going to let you think that one over.
First Congressional District: John Koster, Greg Anders, and James Watkins. At one point in this race Greg Anders was the frontrunner.
He had out-raised John Koster almost 3 to 1.
James Watkins was starting to get serious: he recently hired Mary Lane Strow to the handle the media for him. Then last week both Anders and Watkins abruptly dropped out. Do you really believe they wanted to do this? Well, do you?
OF COURSE NOT!!! Let me explain how I think it happened. To begin with I think Kirby Wilbur knew this was going to happen way back on December 7th, 2011. That was the night of John Koster’s Christmas dinner with Michael Reagan. Kirby actually made an appearance and spoke in support of John Koster. Here is what he said and I quote: “John Koster represents the best chance Washington State Republicans have to pick up a seat in congress in 2012.”
What is the State Chairman of a political party doing endorsing a candidate before a contested primary? Did Kirby know something we didn’t? This is what I know at the moment: that crowd was unable to convince Watkins or Anders to drop out. So someone pretty powerful higher up the ladder convinced both of them to drop out and I suspect an operation much like the Bellevue Mafia caper of 2010, the threats and back-room deals that anointed Dino Rossi and effectually re-elected Patty Murray.
As for John Koster himself, if that is what happened, his response to all of this is really disappointing to me. In a statement released January 30th, 2012 he expressed gratitude to his two Republican opponents for their service to our country and their selfless decision to forgo their campaigns for congress. John went on to say, “Greg Anders and James Watkins are Great American patriots. Both of these men made a difficult decision to pull out for 1st congressional district. I am grateful to them because now we will not have a protracted, expensive primary campaign. Republicans, Independents and Conservative democrats in the first district can unite behind my candidacy.”
Watkins is now, literally on the Koster Team. Anders, however, is just gone.
John, if you really think those tactics can unite everyone behind you, you’re kidding yourself. If people find out this is the way it happened there’s a better chance of them uniting behind Tim Tebow (I love Tim) than you.
To my way of thinking, if the Bellevue crowd was in play, John Koster should have asked Greg Anders (at least) NOT to drop out of this race. He should have said that when he entered this race he wanted to win honorably and what was happening was wrong and he would not stand for it. He should have demanded, instead, that those who pressured these two men to drop out, stay out of this election and may the best person win.
This kind of garbage has gone on for far too long. Who exactly gave these people the right to decide who gets to run? Unfortunately and unwittingly, we did.
However there is a solution to all of this that I will get into in the next part of this series.
As well as tell you about two more candidacies that got rear-ended by this crowd. One I was personally involved in and I’m not talking about Susan Hutchison.
I know some of you are thinking, “This is just Spackman spouting off again.” Look, I don’t blame you for thinking that way, but you need to hear me out.
Alright, stay tuned for part II.