The Washington Republican Party chose former radio talk show host Kirby Wilbur as state chairman over the weekend, unseating former chairman Luke Esser in a 69-36 vote.
Esser’s resounding defeat came despite the backing of Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, who is widely believed to have a legitimate shot at the governor’s mansion in 2012.
Will the moderate McKenna need to shift further to the right to win his own party’s gubrnatorial nomination? If he does that, will it make it harder for him to pick up the moderate votes he needs to win a still-hypothetical general election?
The Strange Bedfellows blog at SeattlePI.com does a good job of explaining the implications.