No one really questions that departing Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire had a tough second term that defined her eight years in office.As it turns out, Gregoire was willing to relive it in order to tell other governors and policy people how to cope with similar challenges like the Great Recession.
Gregoire, evidentily a Democrat with a hardy soul, has written a book about her experiences, calling it “Tale of Two Terms: Governing in Good Times and Bad.”
I’ve only seen an online copy and skimmed it – it opens with her efforts to boost trade in Vietnam by hawking potato products, which earned her one reporter’s nickname, “The French Fry Lady.’’
In one acknowledgement late in the book, Gregoire explains why she wrote it:
The book was written with Gregoire’s longtime deputy chief of staff Fred Olson, who also served as her top administrative aide when she was director of the Department of Ecology and later as attorney general for three terms. Olson also was a reporter and later managing editor for The Olympian before he joined government in the 1980s. And Olson’s wife, Teresa, managed the Governor’s Mansion.
UPDATE to original Jan. 15 post: Gregoire said today that no public dollars went into producing the book. A link to the full text is here.