Following Governor Chris Gregoire’s announcement this morning that she would not be seeking a third term as Washington’s chief executive, President Obama released a statement thanking her for her service and wishing her well in her future endeavors… which might include an important position in his administration.
I applaud Governor Gregoire for her decades of outstanding service to the people of Washington. From Seattle to Pullman, Gov. Gregoire has demonstrated relentless determination in her efforts to foster economic growth, strengthen the communities she serves and improve the lives of millions of Americans. As a fierce advocate for American businesses, she continues to work tirelessly to promote American goods, open up new markets and strengthen American businesses abroad. As chairwoman of the National Governors Association, Gov. Gregoire not only fosters strong bipartisanship among her colleagues, she helps build common-sense solutions to some of our nation’s toughest problems. Michelle and I, along with the people of Washington, will miss her outstanding leadership and thank her for her years of service.
We at NPI already miss Governor Gregoire.
We miss the Governor Gregoire who sheparded the 2005 Transportation Package through the statehouse. We miss the governor who restored the estate tax. We miss the governor who took on difficult problems, brought warring factions to the table, and came up with solutions that did not just kick problems down the road.
We wish that governor were still in office.
POSTSCRIPT: The state Democratic Party has just released a statement thanking Gregoire and promising to oppose Rob McKenna’s candidacy for governor.
“Today, we thank Gov. Gregoire for her leadership and service to the state of Washington, especially as the country faced one of the most difficult economic times in our history. We were fortunate to have a leader with Chris Gregoire’s values helping us to make these difficult decisions,” said Dwight Pelz, chairman of the Washington State Democratic Party.
“We look forward to the upcoming governor’s race, and will continue to take on Rob McKenna’s record of failing to stand up for consumers and Washington’s middle class.”