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Gregoire Mentioned as Possible Supreme Court Pick

By Josh Feit May 1, 2009

Re: Filling U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter's spot, The New York Times reports
During the presidential campaign, Mr. Obama spoke of his admiration for former Chief Justice Earl M. Warren, citing as a special virtue his practical political experience as a former governor of California. If Mr. Obama were to look to a political figure with a strong legal background, he could turn to a longtime friend, Deval Patrick, the African-American governor of Massachusetts. Other governors who have held high public legal positions areChristine Gregoire of Washington and Jennifer M. Granholm of Michigan, both of whom are white.

The governor's office tells PubliCola that Governor Gregoire has had no conversations with the Obama administration about the position and the NYT report is based purely "on speculation."

Gregoire spokesperson Karina Shagren says: "She's flattered by the attention, but she has every intention of completing her second term as governor."

Of course, Gregoire—a prominent woman in the Democratic party—endorsed Barack Obama in February 2008—in the heat of the Obama/Clinton Democratic primary standoff. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell endorsed Clinton.
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