According to the Orlando Sentinel, her husband also coached Republicans at one time. Surprise, surprise:
Several readers questioned how objective West could be because her husband, Wade West, was a Republican strategist, who contributed $2,250 to Republican candidates from 2000 to 2006. Barbara West said he was no longer a strategist ....Why wouldn't she want to self-identify her party affiliation? Because it would underscore the partisan attack behind her questioning? In her interview of McCain, the hardest hitting question she asked him was whether Obama was better at managing a campaign than he was. Aw, jeez. There's a high and tight fastball.
Asked her political affiliation, West said, "I don't think I should say." Voting registration records show she is a Republican.