Since 2004 I have watched this once great political party continue to fall apart. It saddens me greatly to see this happening, but it doesn’t surprise me at all: from the shenanigans that went on at the State Chair elections in 2004 to the derailing of Susan Hutchison’s bid for the US senate in 2006.
And now this.
The State Gop has blown a golden opportunity to grow the party in a pretty sizable fashion. It’s estimated that the Ron Paul candidacy attracted over 12,000 new participants to the State GOP this past year.
Now, you would think this would be a good thing for the party. Unfortunately it has not worked out this way so far. Instead, what you have is a systematic attempt by the leadership of this party to drive away Ron Paul supporters. Luke Esser, by his own actions, has demonstrated he is not interested in uniting the members of the party. From the very beginning of his reign as State Chairman he has consistently been dividing this party, Luke has completely blown off the 44 state committee members that didn’t support his
election to State Chairman. Instead of embracing the thousands of new potential party members, he, with the willful aid of the Mainstream Republicans of Washington State, has done everything he could to keep them out.
Which brings me to Dino Rossi.
Where in the hell has he been during all of this? What kind of man (who is the defacto leader of the GOP in this State) sits on sideline and watches his own political party disintegrate?
Is it really worth kissing off 12,000 new voters just so you can be in the good graces of the Mainstream Republicans?
Dino, I will say this again: if you want to win you need to follow the Bobby Jindal model for success. Sir, stop hiding in the corner ~ you won’t win that way.
While I have painted a pretty dark picture of the outlook for the party, there is one man that can right this ship and unite this seriously divided party and that’s my friend Mark Hulst. I have known this man for over 14 years. I have seen Mark do just that in Skagit county many years ago. He was probably the best county party chairperson in this state bar none. I watched Mark clean up a huge mess and turn that county party into a winner again. What’s more, he is a conservative through and through. In the coming weeks my friend, the “Washington Activist” and I, will launch a site where all of you can go help encourage Mark Hulst to run for State GOP chairperson. For now check out gowashingtonpolitics.com and markhulst.com to learn more about him. If everyone pulls together we can make this a reality.