UPDATE — 12:20 p.m.
Earlier today, I sent in part the following email to Ladenburg:
I saw a recent post on the Red County blog that you’re exploring a run for the state AG’s office in 2012.
Any truth to the rumors?
Here’s his full response:
This is all news to me. I have formed no committee and have no plans to do so.
According to the conservative blog Red County, former Pierce County prosecutor and executive John Ladenburg is exploring a run for the state Attorney General’s Office in 2012.
Attributing “sources close to Ladenburg,” former GOP U.S. Senate candidate and motivational speaker Chris Widener (who co-wrote a book with current U.S. Senate candidate Dino Rossi), blogged this Tuesday:
Former Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg has formed an informal exploritory committee to run in 2012 for Washington State Attorney General, said sources close to Ladenburg today.
Ladenburg brings significant legal experience to the AG race, having served three terms as Pierce County Prosecutor in the 1990’s. Ladenburg also has earned statewide name identification having unsuccessfully challened Rob McKenna in 2008. In his 2008 bid, Ladenburg ammassed a $600,000 war chest.
He should be viewed by Republicans as a serious statewide contender, having served as both executive and prosecutor in Washington’s second most popular county.
King County Councilman, Bob Ferguson has all but announced his intention to run for AG. Ferguson has no criminal experience but did work as an associate for the Seattle Law firm of Preston, Gates and Ellis.
Yet a third Democrat may also throw his hat into the AG race. Jay Manning, Governor Gregoire’s chief-of-staff and a former Department of Ecology Director is also rumored to be interested.
This may turn out to be fascinating primary as the three seek the Democratic nomination for AG, as McKenna prepares his own run for Governor.
Earlier this year, Ladenburg announced he was opening a lobbying firm with his wife, Connie (who later announced that she’s running for the 29th District state House seat). I’ve emailed Ladenburg for comment and will update this post once I get his response.