The National Journal’s Hotline On Call reports here that the White House has told the state’s congressional delegation that Gov. Chris Gregoire is, in fact, on their short list for solicitor general.
So my wild speculation Monday about Gregoire’s candidacy wasn’t wrong, just premature. The job would come open if Elena Kagan is confirmed for the U.S. Supreme Court, something that could happen by summer’s end.
Here’s what the report says: “Gregoire, a 2-term incumbent and a former WA AG, has been a rumored contender for other admin positions. But the WH has informed top aides to WA members that she is under serious consideration, according to several sources inside the delegation.”
Lt. Gov. Brad Owen would take over should Gregoire fly east. If the vacancy happens after Oct. 3, however, there would be no special election for the job in 2011. Instead Owen would serve until the job comes up on the 2012 ballot.