If President Barack Obama wins a second term in the White House, outgoing Washington Governor Chris Gregoire could join his cabinet, according to a column in the National Journal.
George E. Condon, Jr. writes that Gregoire would be a likely replacement as Secretary of the Interior if Ken Salazar steps down.
The department, which oversees oil and gas drilling and also conservation on the nation s 700 million acres of public lands, is traditionally run by a governor or senator from a Western state, writes Condon. (Gregoire) supports the president s progressive clean-energy and climate-change agenda, and has pushed policies to move her state off coal-fired electricity.
The National Journal s Jim O Sullivan writes about who might end up in a Mitt Romney cabinet, although nobody with apparent Washington state ties are noted.