Republicans rumble at state party convention in Spokane

(The Center Square) – The Washington State Republican Party 2024 Convention saw delegates getting rowdy Friday inside the Spokane Convention Center as the morning session stretched into the scheduled lunch break.

Angry supporters of gubernatorial candidate Semi Bird objected to the Candidate Committee’s report initially withdrawing the governor’s race from the endorsement process due to what was described as “late breaking information that violated the vetting standards” regarding Bird. 

The report of the Candidate Committee was amended to include the governor’s race and was adopted by the body and delegates, who were then released to breakout sessions by congressional delegation, but not before a fair amount of drama played out.

Lisa Evans, vice chair of the Washington State Republican Party, gave the Candidate Committee report as she was repeatedly interrupted by the crowd, while Chair Jim Walsh called for decorum. Evans explained the committee had voted to remove the governor’s
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