Being reported in both the Olympian and the Seattle Times, “The Associated Press is reporting that Gov. Chris Gregoire is not seeking re-election to a third term. Gregoire is still set to “announce her future plans” at a 10 a.m. news conference today.”
More to follow, but ever since Christine Gregoire snatched the governorship from Republican Dino Rossi in 2004, the state has drastically increased spending that is now unsustainable.
Gregoire has faced fire for her reluctance to reign in spending that has left the state facing multi-Billion dollar gaps necessitating extreme measures to meet the balanced budget law.
Republican Rob McKenna has announced his intent to run for Governor and it is expected Democrat Jay Inslee will now enter the race to replace Gregoire.
UPDATE from TVW: “She said for the next 18 months of her term, she’ll work hard to ensure the state gets out of the recession. After that, she has no plans — except maybe taking a break to get to spend some time with her family.”
I dread seeing what she classifies as “work hard to ensure the state gets out of the recession,” after how she worked hard to plunge us deeper into this mess.