Election Night Gregoire Speaks
posted by August 19 at 21:47 PMon
Governor Gregoire just finished speaking. State Rep. Eric Pettigrew introduced her; other political bigwigs here include House Speaker Frank Chopp; State Rep. Joe McDermott; the aforementioned Jim McDermott; state party chair Dwight Pelz; State Rep. Ross Hunter; and State Sen. Karen Keiser.
Gregoire’s brief speech here, unlike the one earlier tonight at Spitfire, has been mostly about her record as governor: Making the state the third-best in the country for business, prioritizing climate change, and taking care of men and women in Iraq. “We’ve got momentum, it’s on to November, the president of the United States is going to be Barack Obama!”
Obama came up so much, in fact, you’d think Gregoire was Obama’s running mate; people are wearing buttons showing Gregoire’s image juxtaposed against the Democratic presidential nominee; and the room keeps breaking into chants of “Yes We Can!” Then, inexplicably, they played “Louie Louie” and everybody started milling around again.
Gregoire’s in a good mood tonight. And she should be. She’s sweeping in counties, like Pierce, that she lost last time, returns from King County (where she’ll clean up) haven’t come in yet, and Dino Rossi just made a lackluster statement about this election not mattering because Republicans didn’t turn out. (And they’re going to turn out in November?) She entered the room to thunderous chants of “Four more years!,” hugging dozens of supporters on her way from the back of the room to the stage.