Kirby Wilbur en Former radio talk show host new state Republican Party chair <p>Kirby Wilbur is the new Republican Party chairman in Washington, unseating former state lawmaker Luke Esser&nbsp;over the weekend in a party's leadership vote. The former KVI talk radio host <a href="">beat Esser by a vote of 69 to 36</a>, with seven votes for Puyallup Republican Bill Rennie, according to The Seattle Times' Jim Bruener.</p><p>Despite GOP gains in the state, Wilbur told the Times <a href="">t</a><a href="">he party's advances should have been bigger</a>:&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:59:38 +0000 KPLU News Staff 629 at