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November 29, 2005

Finkbeiner Steps Down as Senate Minority Leader

Bill Finkbeiner (R-Kirkland) stepped down as Senate Minority Leader today.   "The Fink" is a rare bird in Washington state politics: a moderate Republican who represents a very swingy district.   His official reason "wants to spend more time with family."   Your call: is this a euphemism for:

A) "I have half a conscience and I'm sick and tired of the self-destructive wingnut leadership of the Republican party in this state."

B) "I'm smart (for a Republican) and ambitious, and I know need to tack towards the center in order to hold my seat in a blue-trending district.  Distancing myself from the wingnuts helps."

C) Being the minority leader is a heck of a lot less fun than actually having power.

D) All of the above

E) None of the above

Bonus:  Which wingnut will be tapped to be his successor?  Will they have any hope of being effective, or will they just be Chris Vance's drooling monkey?

Posted by Jon Stahl on November 29, 2005 at 10:29 PM in Strategery | Permalink


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