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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.

By Scott Butterworth  |  May 12, 2010; 6:36 PM ET
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Why would we want someone that stole an election to be Solicitor General? There is little doubt that, after 3 recounts and all the shanannagans in her last election, it was out and out theft, with a little collusion from the courts.

Posted by: bflat879 | May 13, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Great. A Solicitor General who's biggest claim to fame is stealing elections. A fitting addition to this gang of Chgo thugs.

Posted by: mstruth771 | May 13, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping someone would take this lady off of our hands in Washington state. Only Seattle wants her and what do the urban people know about the real world? Please take her, we can't afford her tax and spend ideology.
Gary Garrison
Kettle Falls

Posted by: ggarrison9 | May 13, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

The worst, least fiscally responsible governor Wa St's ever had. Lied about the debt during her we find thst the debt is even larger than she finally admitted to. She should fit right in with Obama. Take her...please!

Posted by: mdabe80 | May 13, 2010 5:14 AM | Report abuse

As a life long Washington state resident, I have only 6 words in regards to this news story about our governor being considered for a new federal job:


Posted by: chux91 | May 12, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

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