I have a personal fondness for Washington State Republican Party chair Kirby Wilbur. He always treated me fairly when I appeared as a guest on his old radio show on KVI, and he was generously helpful and supportive to me when I pursued my own radio career. But I gotta admit, he's a little nuts.
Take for example Wilbur's demand that King County Elections pull a PSA featuring travel writer Rick Steves. Wilbur is upset because Steves has endorsed Democratic candidates and the pot legalization initiative. "Being that he has very publicly endorsed both the candidate and the initiative," Wilbur wrote to elections director Sherril Huff, "having him on a commercial is a very strong conflict of interest and I ask that these ads be pulled from the air immediately.”
Um, that's just plain stupid. Elected officials do PSAs all the time, and you can't get much more partisan than them. Hell, as attorney general, Rob McKenna has been a PSA whore, and nobody ever demanded that his PSAs be pulled.
I've seen Steves' PSA. It's totally innocuous and 100 percent nonpolitical. You'd think Wilbur might make want to make better use of his time.