Kirby Wilbur, the voluble chairman of the state Republican Party, has been pulling out all stops in recent weeks to champion a most unlikely candidate: progressive Democrat Darcy Burner.
It is no charity. Wilbur hopes Burner advances past today’s hot 1st Congressional District primary to face Republican John Koster. Burner is the most liberal of five Democrats in the race and, to Wilbur, represents Koster’s easiest path to victory in a district that looks to be a toss-up.
A selection of Wilbur’s recent incantations:
“I am lighting candles, sacrificing sheep, whatever it takes,” he told KUOW’s Deborah Wang. “I’m begging, talking to God every day that it be Darcy Burner, because she is the Dennis Kucinich of Washington state. If Darcy is the nominee, we will get 60 percent of the vote, easy.”
“Seriously, folks. Give me Darcy,” he wrote in Publicola. “Many on the left claim John Koster is far right, but John has run and done well in this portion (of the district) before and Darcy is so far left, she makes John look like a moderate Republican.”
And last week, he told me: “It will prove that God is a Republican if Darcy Burner wins the primary.”
Burner laughed it off. “I was honored to have his support and endorsement in the race and would be honored to have it in November as well. If wanting to cut Social Security and Medicare and thinking that politicians rather than doctors should be making medical decisions for women is moderate, I’m terrified by what far right represents.”