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Opinion Northwest

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October 6, 2014 at 6:13 AM

Hey Mr. President! Washington state has two good candidates for U.S. Attorney General

Rumblings from within the Beltway suggest that Washington State is getting short shrift as President Obama ruminates over who will replace Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general.

U.S. President Barack Obama was greeted by then-Gov. Christine Gregoire when he travelled to Everett in 2012.

U.S. President Barack Obama was greeted by then-Gov. Christine Gregoire when he travelled to Everett in 2012. (Seattle Times File Photo)

Politico reported last week that Obama has narrowed the pool to former White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler, Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.

But that shortlist does not include at least two Washington heavyweights who deserve serious consideration: former Gov. Christine Gregoire and departing U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan.

Durkan was an immediate dark horse candidate when Holder announced he was stepping down last month. Although Durkan was reported to be on the “long list” of candidates, interest in her appears to have cooled. The president should have another look.

Meanwhile Gregoire, whose name was circulated for a number of previous Obama administration cabinet vacancies, has oddly not even been mentioned. She too would bring Puget Sound verve and stature to the office.

“Either of them would make a great attorney general for this country and be an excellent representative for this state in that role,” says State Democratic Party Chairman Jaxon Ravens.

Whomever the Democratic president chooses will be instantly cast into a hostile dance with the GOP-controlled House to defend and protect Obama’s few legislative accomplishments in the final two years of his administration.

He’ll need a Gregoire or a Durkan by his side to protect the legacy he’s fought to build.

Comments | Topics: attorney general, barack obama, christine gregoire

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