Kirby Wilbur, just like the RNC, seems to think he is above his own rules.
When King County Republicans in precincts with contested Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) elections collected their mail this week, they were astonished to find professionally produced postcards endorsing one Republican candidate in preference to others.
The anointed candidates face opponents who are often Ron Paul, Santorum, or Gingrich supporters, including incumbent PCOs like long-time party activist and office-holder AND known Ron Paul supporter Joel Bowen (45th Legislative District).
The post cards are “Paid for and authorized by the Washington State Republican Party.”
Kirby and Lori are working on their own campaigns for reelection, using Republican contributions to illegally support the election of PCO candidates who will support the GOP Left status quo in King County and in the state. That is theft. That is corrupt. We are not surprised. What is surprising is the blatant nature of the latest abuse.
One of the targeted Ron Paul candidates, Joel Bowen, responded to Kirby at the WSRP Facebook page:
“Dear Chairman Wilbur,
As a duly elected sitting Republican PCO in the 45th District (and a former GOP PCO in the 47th, 11th and the 34th), I frankly am appalled and extremely disappointed in your recent decision to authorize and pay for a mailer that contains the explicit endorsement of the King County Chair Lori Sotelo for my opponent in the PCO race. While this action does not appear to be illegal, it certainly goes against all the longstanding GOP tradition of county and state leaders never endorsing anyone during the primary. Additionally, these expenditures by the state party are wasteful and take away precious resources from electing Republicans to influential offices. Finally, the state party authorizing and paying for such mailers will discourage participation by the grass-roots in the GOP since most individuals do not have the resources to fight Goliath. Thank you.