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Monday, January 5, 2009

Gregoire as Commerce Secretary?

Posted by on Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Some tea leaves: The Governor of Washington State has disappeared. Her office, while very tight-lipped about her whereabouts, tells me there will be an announcement early tomorrow morning. Obama's transition team plans to announce the new Commerce Secretary nominee (replacing Bill Richardson) "very quickly."

From my interview just now with Gregoire spokesperson Laura Lockard:

Q: Is Governor Gregoire going to be Obama's nominee for Commerce Secretary?

A: “We’re not able to speak to that so we’ll do a release in the morning.”

Q: Where is she?

A: “She’s out of state.”

Q: Is she in the country?

A: "I’m not allowed to say.”

Q: Is she going to continue as Governor of Washington State?

A: "I’m not allowed to say.”

Like everyone, I await tomorrow's announcement. But I will say—and again this is just tea leaves—that Lockard didn't sound like a staffer who was mourning some sort of personal tragedy in her boss's life.

And, not to get too far ahead of things, but: Governor Brad Owen?


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Of course, she could be advising them about who she should recommend to fill Ron Sims seat as King County Exec when he becomes Commerce Secretary ...
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 5, 2009 at 5:00 PM · Report this
not to be inarticulate or anything but, um, holy shit.
what are our state's governor succession rules??
Posted by stacy on January 5, 2009 at 5:00 PM · Report this
"not to be inarticulate or anything "

Welcome to Slog, you must be new here.
Posted by AJ on January 5, 2009 at 5:04 PM · Report this
OK, as an out-of-stater I've (shamefully) been ignoring all your Gregoire coverage. Persuade me that she would be a good choice in the position.
Posted by emma's bee on January 5, 2009 at 5:04 PM · Report this
If there is any truth to this it could get real interesting because she allowed the atheist sign in Olympia. The GOP wil go freako banana over that issue alone. On the other hand in some weird way it seems to balance out the Rick Warren controversy. The Governor did support same sex civil unions.
Posted by Heather on January 5, 2009 at 5:06 PM · Report this
Holy crap is right. She's taken on Big Tobacco, dealt with anti-trust with Microsoft, but other than that she came up through the environmental ranks. She has done a stellar job expanding foreign trade opportunities in the state.

As they said about Richardson's role there, Commerce is a place where they fit the job to the candidate.

I'd be shocked if she got Commerce though.
Posted by OneTwentyOhNine on January 5, 2009 at 5:11 PM · Report this
Gregoiore would be fantastic serving America as Secretary of whatever you like. She's that versatile! As someone who enthusiastically voted for her based on her not being Dino Rossi, I can promise you that she will continue to not be Dino Rossi for America as much as she was not Dino Rossi for Washington. America can believe in Gregoire!


Who do we get to replace her? Who gets to pick the new gov?
Posted by elenchos on January 5, 2009 at 5:11 PM · Report this
So, to run with this... my (inexpert) reading of the WA Constitution tells me that the Lt. Governor takes over until the next general election. Which would mean Brad Owen for the time being, and then a huge opening for Rossi in November. Ugh.
Posted by Brian on January 5, 2009 at 5:11 PM · Report this
Governor Brad Owen??!!?

Oh, heeeeelllll noooo!!!
Posted by Original Andrew on January 5, 2009 at 5:15 PM · Report this
Some people will do ANYTHING to avoid making a decision about the viaduct.
Posted by Original Andrew on January 5, 2009 at 5:16 PM · Report this
then maybe Sims would run in Nov??
Posted by stacy on January 5, 2009 at 5:18 PM · Report this
Lt. Gov. Brad Owen would become Governor until November at which time there would be a Special Election...
Posted by Scott Olson on January 5, 2009 at 5:18 PM · Report this
thank god, a special election. That means all hail Gov Rossi...

My moniker, Lose-Lose, strikes again!
Posted by Lose-Lose on January 5, 2009 at 5:48 PM · Report this
I've been scouring the web and I think you're the first to break this story. Nice scoop!
Posted by ornative on January 5, 2009 at 5:58 PM · Report this
Jesus Christ on a cracker. Governor Rossi and Lt. Governor Eyman, here we come.
Posted by Greg on January 5, 2009 at 6:01 PM · Report this
"Some people will do ANYTHING to avoid making a decision about the viaduct."

Original Andrew @10 is funny!
Posted by Uncle Vinny on January 5, 2009 at 6:03 PM · Report this

or Gov. know he has the balls to do it.
Posted by bconch on January 5, 2009 at 6:08 PM · Report this
Chris Gregoire should not be secretary of anything! I can see it now:

"Commerce Secretary Christine Gregoire was asked about her position on the economic stimulus package after the ninth national popular vote on the issue passed today. She responded with a blank look of confusion and said more study was needed."
Posted by matt; on January 5, 2009 at 6:10 PM · Report this
Two alternative story lines A) she's in DC to announce some "infrastructure" funding for the viaduct, or B) someone else is getting the Sec Com job, and she's there for the pep rally. However, Bam has rewarded other governors handsomely for their early support...and that budget deficit and viaduct aren't going to be easy to fix...could she really be bailing?
Posted by hinweis on January 5, 2009 at 6:14 PM · Report this
Greg @ 15,

Brad Owen is a DINO; so we'd be gettin' it one way or another...
Posted by Original Andrew on January 5, 2009 at 6:22 PM · Report this
Anyone know where Ron Sims is?
Posted by jaimek on January 5, 2009 at 6:24 PM · Report this
yes - she is it

yes - Ron Sims will be our next Gov... this fall, fuck Rossi

yes - Brad Owens will be an OK caretaker with Frank Chopp running the state

yes - Gregoire has a national rep because of the tobacco settlement, and Washington has a great rep. for business, among the best ... what else does she need? Letters from 10 giant bussineses located in Seattle, bet she has them in her folder already....

COSTCO, Micro., Starbucks, Amazon, Vulcan, REI, Nordstrom, and the list goes on and on....

yes - she will thrive in DC
Posted by ROY on January 5, 2009 at 6:38 PM · Report this
Posted by jaimek on January 5, 2009 at 6:43 PM · Report this
She ain't leaving Washington state.

She's going to announce that she got a lot of taxpayer money.
Posted by Mark on January 5, 2009 at 7:22 PM · Report this

Gregoire with a cabinet post?


Seriously yo? Commerce? What exactly does she have for experience for this most important post?

She is incredibly not qualified to be Commerce Secretary. Hell she dribbled the Sonics out of town, pissed the Viaduct down her leg, and squandered our state surplus...

Ohh wait.. she might have perfect credentials.

Posted by Reality Check on January 5, 2009 at 7:23 PM · Report this
SIms as governor? I'd rather have Rossi, thanks. Sims is fuckall worthless.
Posted by sdf on January 5, 2009 at 7:38 PM · Report this
@21 I saw him at work today. He was in his office. Biz as usual.
Posted by @ on January 5, 2009 at 8:16 PM · Report this
Rossi where are you? Are you in town. Please stay to take over this crumbling economy. Without Boeing Gregoire would be toast!
Posted by Blaire on January 5, 2009 at 8:18 PM · Report this
Did she "play to pay?" Sounds like it.
Posted by Kidma on January 5, 2009 at 8:20 PM · Report this
@17: You just put me into terrified shock.

@10: Love it.
Posted by Jigae on January 5, 2009 at 8:26 PM · Report this
Yes, she'll be appointed Commerce Secretary.

God help us with Brad Owen as Governor!

Posted by Steve Elliott ~alapoet~ on January 5, 2009 at 8:43 PM · Report this
Ron Sims please.
Posted by crystal on January 5, 2009 at 8:46 PM · Report this
It would be the height of irresponsibility and dereliction of duty for the Governor to abandon her post at this time of crisis in the state, and after having just been re-elected. It is frightening to consider the state in the hands of conservative, unaccomplished, and misguided anti-pot crusader, Lt. Governor Brad Owen.

I can only hope that Gregoire is in D.C. to announce that Ron Sims is to be appointed to Commerce.

If she does accept a cabinet position in the Obama Administration, I will again work hard for Ron Sims for Governor. He was my choice in 2004. Sims is a man of the people. I appreciate his authenticity and integrity.
Posted by on January 5, 2009 at 10:49 PM · Report this
Posted by nice story ! on January 6, 2009 at 9:18 AM · Report this

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