Everything was set up for Kirby.
If you thought the unethical (and illegal) advantages Lori Sotelo gave herself for re-election – using Republican Party assets for her own, private re-election campaign (here: The real story of the 2012 KCGOP Organization Meeting Part I) – were outrageous, well, she has nothing on State Chair, Kirby Wilbur. While Sotelo used the power of incumbency to control the agenda and give herself about a two-hour speaking advantage in the King County Organization meeting, Kirby did the same thing over two DAYS at the State Party version:
- On Friday and Saturday at “required” meetings of bodies over which he never held and now, certainly no longer holds authority, Kirby and the allies of his re-election effort presented “orientation” to the cornucopia of benefits Committee members could receive if they re-elected him. All of them, the top-down, centralized control “services” that bureaucrats are practiced at producing (and that have led the GOP to perennial loser status in Washington State).
- At the meeting itself, while scrupulously segregating “non-Committee members” from the meeting floor, Kirby had the County Chairs seated illegally, before any vote of the State Committee could even pretend to have authorized it, simply because he held a perceived vote advantage among them. Lori Sotelo’s county was allowed to seat six representatives, in violation of state law, while no other county had more than three.
- Non-member “staffers” and Kirby partisans were given control of the venue (by Kirby), seemingly without any authority at all, while Kirby himself disavowed any power to control them saying, “I’m not chair, anymore…” And they let his friends in, keeping others out.
As we previously reported, after the first round of voting… and the dust of all the favoritism afforded the incumbent had settled…
A majority of the ballots cast were for someone other than Kirby Wilbur.
Wilbur got 56 votes
“Not Wilbur” got 58 votes
But the 58 votes were split two ways, necessitating a second ballot.
And it was clearly the price the “liberty” movement paid for the disunity sewn among their own ranks by self-serving National leadership. No effective Party leaders have been allowed since 2008 by the intentional, willful act of Ron Paul “professionals,” nor has cooperation with outside groups been tolerated. They will not be missed.
On the second ballot, for reasons that beg analysis, Kirby Wilbur collected Eleven (!) new votes.
113 votes cast
Kirby Wilbur won back for another two years the chairmanship that he has used to thwart every objective of the Republican Party. Under Wilbur we didn’t run conservatives (by his clear choice) and the candidates we DID run lost.