Kirby Wilbur http://kplu.org en Former radio talk show host new state Republican Party chair http://kplu.org/post/radio-talk-show-host-new-state-republican-party-chair <p>Kirby Wilbur is the new Republican Party chairman in Washington, unseating former state lawmaker Luke Esser&nbsp;over the weekend in a party's leadership vote. The former KVI talk radio host <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politicsnorthwest/2014008711_wilbur_unseats_esser_as_wsrp_c.html">beat Esser by a vote of 69 to 36</a>, with seven votes for Puyallup Republican Bill Rennie, according to The Seattle Times' Jim Bruener.</p><p>Despite GOP gains in the state, Wilbur told the Times <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014009442_republicans23m.html">t</a><a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014009442_republicans23m.html">he party's advances should have been bigger</a>:&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:59:38 +0000 KPLU News Staff 629 at http://kplu.org