Senate GOP leader Bill Finkbeiner [R-Kirkland] announced today he is stepping down from his leadership post, but is intending on seeking reelection to his GOP-leaning district next year. Finkbeiner is a moderate by Senate Republican standards, but considering that their last true moderate was defeated last year (Don Carlson), I have little hope for anything but a rightward drift in the next GOP leader. Conventional wisdom would dictate the next leader would probably be either current GOP Whip Mike Hewitt [R-Walla Walla] or GOP Floor Leader Luke Esser [R-Bellevue], but I can think of a handful of others that might be interested, including Brad Benson [R-Spokane] and Cheryl Pflug [R-Maple Valley].
30 November 2005
- Name: TMW
- Location: Pasco, Washington, United States
I like to think that I'm a rarity in blogging, in that I'm a political nerd who doesn't have a partisan axe to grind in everything they write. I considered myself a Republican up until 2004 when I finally had enough of their bible-based politics, yet still harbour a deep dislike of the Democratic Party because of their ties to labour groups as well as their tendency to bloat budgets. Ideologically I'm somewhere between centrist and libertarian. On economics I fit neatly in the centre-right, while on social issues I can be fairly radical. And no, I'm not British. It's just that I can respect that they created our language and know how to write it properly.
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