Let me tell you about a couple more races that the establishment stuck their hands in.
Lt Governor race of 2012: Back in 2008 Marcia McCraw first ran for Lt Governor. She is a novice when it comes to political campaigns. The State GOP didn’t take her seriously and gave her no help. We all know Brad Owen won easily. Lets fast forward to 2011.
My friend David Adams drew up a plan of action that I believe would have spurred Marcia on to victory in 2012. We did a lot of background research on Brad Owen and we were ready to go. We knew it would take at least a million dollars to defeat Brad Owen. I have no doubt we could have raised the money. But alas it was not to be. So what happened?
Well back in October the State GOP had their fall dinner. Marcia McCraw’s campaign reserved a table at the event. We all thought it would be a good idea for Marcia to circulate and let people know she was running again. This event had 55 tables, numbered 1 – 55. Keep this in mind as I will come back to it shortly. About ten minutes before the dinner was to start David approached Kirby Wilbur and asked him if he was still going to introduce Marcia during the event. Kirby said he would. So the McCraw campaign took their reserved seats at Table 11.
Now these tables were all supposed to be in numerical order. In fact the first two rows were 1 – 5 and then 6 – 9 and table 12. Where, may you ask, was table 11? Table 11 was all the way in the back next to table 55.
So the meeting went on and Kirby never introduced Marcia. It was pretty obvious they were sending a message to Marcia that they weren’t going to support her should she run. A couple of days later Mark Hulst asked Kirby if they were going to support Marcia or not? Kirby hemmed and hawed and finally said well there are others running in the primary and we don’t endorse candidates in contested races. Really? Then why are they endorsing Rob McKenna? And why when John Koster had, at the time, a contested primary, did Kirby endorse him? Well as it turns out the real reason this all happened was that Richard Debolt apparently got tired of arguing with Glenn Anderson and wanted him out of the legislature. So he got Kirby to support Glenn running for Lt Governor. Its worked out real well, too. As of today Glenn Anderson hasn’t raised any money.
Mike Hope: Mike was a candidate for Snohomish County executive. I didn’t really pay very close attention to that race as I don’t live in Snohomish County. Anyway, some of you may have noticed that Mike didn’t really get much help from the State GOP. Well, there’s a good reason for that. Someone within the establishment crowd told Kirby that the State GOP needed to stay out of that race. Why? Because they were comfortable with Aaron Reardon. Gee, I thought the objective here was to support your own candidates.
One more thing before we get into what can be done about all of this. Just a short time ago I learned about this. As most of you know the nonbinding presidential caucus takes place on March 3rd. From there it goes to the state convention in Tacoma at the end of May. It’s during this convention the delegates vote and determine who wins the delegates from state of Washington. These delegates are then seated at the national convention. Well apparently the State GOP has already started selecting delegates. This morning I was informed by a highly placed source that a close friend of his was told by an individual that he is going to delegate training class for the National convention. Well, since the caucuses and the state convention haven’t taken place yet doesn’t that seem a little strange to all of you? It’s very simple: he’s going because he’s already been named a delegate. Making these caucuses an even more colossal waste of time.
So what can be done about all this? For starters considerably more of the grass-roots need to know these things are happening. Only then will things start to change. A whole lot more of the rank and file need to get involved in this. We have to take back the power of selecting candidates from these people. Many years ago that establishment crowd usurped the power from party members and they have held on to it ever since. It’s time to say enough is enough and were not going to take it any longer. Many more PCOs need to be on board. The PCOs have a lot of power but they don’t realize it. We have to be stronger than we are. We have to stand up for what we believe and candidates we support. More, we need show everyone else why the candidates we support are better than theirs. So how do we make this happen? This is where Restoring Olympia and Reach Out Washington come into play. In part 3 I will explain this.