Follow us:

Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

August 19, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Pam Roach for state GOP chair?

Add another possibility to the race for chair of the Washington State Republican Party: state Sen. Pam Roach.

State Sen. Pam Roach

State Sen. Pam Roach

Roach, R-Auburn, stood with other candidates Sunday at a GOP meeting in Pierce County and answered questions as though she is running for the job, event attendees confirmed. (You can see photos of Roach addressing the crowd at the meeting at the Pierce County GOP Facebook page.)

In an interview, Roach wouldn’t say for sure whether she is running. But she had plenty of criticisms of the state party, particularly around fundraising, and plans to deliver her thoughts in a missive this week.

“I think we need to have some things discussed and I am going to help that happen,” Roach said. “I’m there to escalate the level of the debate.”

It’s not clear Roach would have support on the 117-member GOP state committee that will meet in Spokane this Saturday to elect a new chair.

Other candidates have been campaigning for weeks, including former KIRO-TV anchor Susan Hutchison, current interim party chair Luanne Van Werven, and Jim Walsh, a Grays Harbor County GOP state committeeman endorsed by a group representing the libertarian wing of the party.

Roach, first elected to the state Senate in 1990, frequently has been in the news for clashes with colleagues and staff. In 2010, she was barred from the Senate Republican caucus after a confrontation with a staff attorney. A report on the incident noted previous incidents in 1998, 1999, 2003, 2008 and earlier in 2010. She was allowed to rejoin the caucus in 2012, because her vote was key for budget deals in the divided chamber.

The GOP leadership vacancy was created by the sudden resignation of Kirby Wilbur as party chairman last month. Wilbur, formerly a well-known conservative radio talk show host, took a job with the Young America’s Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Comments | More in Politics Northwest, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: GOP chair, Pam Roach

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►