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.”