Wash-Gov. dissapears. May replace Richardson for Commerce

Fox News is reporting that sources say that Washington Governor Chris Gregoire will replace Richardson for Commerce.

“OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire is out of the state, but her office won’t say where she is. Sources in Olympia told FOX News that Gregoire could be named as early as Tuesday to be President-elect Barack Obama’s new choice for Commerce secretary. But senior Obama transition officials denied that Gregoire will be the Commerce pick, and that there are plans to announce a candidate to replace New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson… According to The Bellingham Herald, Whatcom County spokesman Joe Bates says he flew to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Sunday on the same flight with Gregoire. Bates says he chatted with the governor but she did not discuss the reason for her trip to the Washington, D.C., area.”

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  • Rupert in Springfield

    I have a hard time believing that after the really curious pick of Richardson in the first place, and the fiasco that followed that BO would go with Gregoire. Frankly given the seriousness of the economic situation BO will probably look to make this a more substantial appointment than it generally is and thus will look for someone with a little more gravitas than Gregoire.

    Frankly I think that would be a good thing as the position of commerce secretary has always seemed to me a bit of a plum job given as a political reward more than anything else.

  • devietro

    Turns out she went to Iraq for a troops visit. She denounced the rumor today.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    Well, I frankly don’t blame her. I’m glad the governor could escape the snow and the ensuing lock down of Seattle, good for her!

    Still, it is somewhat weird, her reticence to talk about the trip. Now why wouldn’t she want to discuss it? People love to hear about travels to distant lands, especially when they are snowed in and cant leave their homes.