OK, the first part is fact, the second part speculation.
But Politico’s Ken Vogel has confirmed that former King County Executive Ron Sims has resigned his senior post at the federal department of Housing and Urban Development. He then wonders if it has anything to do with Monday’s decision by Gov. Chris Gregoire to retire after two terms. Sims lost to Gregoire in the 2004 Democratic primary.
Here is the statement from HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan:
“I wish Deputy Secretary Ron Sims the very best as he leaves HUD and returns to his native Washington state. Even before Ron Sims joined HUD, I’d heard of this bold and visionary leader from Seattle who
was nationally recognized for his work on transportation, climate, health care reform and urban development.
It wasn’t just his breadth of experience that made him the perfect fit for HUD. It was also the fact that he brought an unmatched level of energy to everything that he does. Ron has the unique ability to connect with, inspire and motivate anyone.
HUD could not have accomplished all that we’ve accomplished without Ron’s leadership. And his contributions to the agency were at great sacrifice to himself and the family he left behind in Seattle. For two years, Ron gave it his all. I thank Ron for the sacrifices he, his wife Cyan and the entire family made, and for the human touch and passion he brought to helping those in need.”