News Gov. Gregoire Corrects the Record
posted by November 14 at 11:40 AMon
“I owe you an apology,” Gov. Chris Gregoire called late yesterday afternoon to say.
In an earlier interview, Gregoire told me she hadn’t endorsed the Democratic candidate for King County Prosecutor, Bill Sherman, because Sherman had never asked for her endorsement. That’s not what Sherman’s folks had told me, I let her know. But she stood by her story.
However, she called yesterday to say she had her story wrong. She had forgotten that Sherman asked, she said. She acknowledged that the story Sherman told me—that he had asked for her endorsement in person at a fund raiser last summer and had followed up several times with her political director Ron Judd—was accurate.
She said the reason she chose not to endorse Sherman is because, “I didn’t want to get involved in the race because I’m close to Norm’s [Maleng’s] family and it was too close to the funeral.”
I asked if her Jenny Durkan—an influential Democratic lawyer and close friend of Gregoire’s who had endorsed Republican Dan Satterberg in the KC Prosecutor race—had anything to do with her reluctance to back Sherman.
Gregoire said: “Absolutely not. She never talked to me about it. I learned in the papers that she had endorsed Satterberg.”