Wash. Gov. Gregoire reportedly on short list for solicitor general
By Scott Butterworth
The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that a White House official has confirmed Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) is among the leading candidates under consideration to replace Elena Kagan as solicitor general.
The official was not named by the Times, and a spokesman for the governor told the newspaper, "Nobody has offered her the job yet, or even told her she's on the short list."
The National Journal first raised her name as a candidate, citing unnamed sources inside Washington's congressional delegation.
Gregoire served three terms as the state's attorney general, playing a lead role in the 1998 settlement of national lawsuits against the tobacco industry for $208 billion. She then won an extremely close governor's race in 2005. She beat her opponent, Republican Dino Rossi, by 133 votes.
Kagan has been nominated to the Supreme Court, and ScotusBlog reported Wednesday night that she would not serve as solicitor general in an upcoming case before the court. Instead, Neal Katyal, Kagan's deputy, signed a brief outlining the government's position in Arar v. Ashcroft as "Acting Solicitor General."
Katyal has been mentioned as a permanent replacement for his boss, while the Atlantic reported Monday that Don Verrilli, an associate White House counsel, is the leading candidate for the job.
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