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Washington politicians who wanted to join Obama administration should have endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2008

Or so it seems.

Leading up to Washington’s presidential primary in 2008, Hillary Clinton was making a hard push for endorsements from the state’s leading politicians. That was considered the safe move as Barack Obama, though leading, was still the underdog for the Democratic nomination.

Winning these big-name endorsements had more than nominal effect. Most were also super delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

At the time it was considered pretty brave to stand up with Obama instead of Clinton. But that’s what Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire did at a Feb. 8 rally in a packed Key Arena. Also on

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Gary Locke confirmed as ambassador to China

WASHINGTON – There was never any suspense, but it’s now official: Former Washington state Democratic Gov. Gary Locke is the new U.S. ambassador to China.

With no debate, the Senate gave its unanimous consent today to approve President Barack Obama’s choice to fill the post, which was vacated in April by Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman.

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, Washington state’s senior senator, lauded Locke’s confirmation. She said his job of making sure the U.S.-China partnership works “is absolutely critical to ensuring our ability to compete and succeed in the 21st century global economy.”

Locke, 61, intends to move

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In their words: Transcript of President Obama’s announcement of former Gov. Gary Locke as ambassador to China

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 9, 2011


Diplomatic Reception Room

10:55 A.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. As many people know, our current Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, has decided to step down from his current job. During his tenure, Jon has been an outstanding advocate for this administration and for this country. He made a real sacrifice in moving his family out of the state that they loved and has helped to strengthen our critical relationship with the Chinese government and the Chinese people. And so I am very grateful for his service.

In replacing Ambassador Huntsman, I can think of nobody who is more qualified than Gary Locke. More than 100 years ago, Gary’s grandfather left China on a steamship bound for America, where he worked as a

Gary Locke looks on Wednesday as President Obama announces his appointment. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

domestic servant in Washington State. A century later, his grandson will return to China as America’s top diplomat.

In the years between these milestones, Gary has distinguished himself as one of our nation’s most respected and admired public servants. As our country’s first Chinese-American governor, he worked tirelessly to attract jobs and businesses to Washington State, and he doubled exports to China.
Two years ago, I asked Gary to continue this work as Commerce Secretary. I wanted him to advocate for America’s businesses and American exports all around the world, make progress on our relationship with China, and use the management skills he developed as governor to reform a complex and sprawling agency.

He has done all that and more. He’s been a point person for my National Export Initiative, and last year, Read more »


ABC News: Obama to tap Gary Locke as next Ambassador to China

According to ABC News, President Barack Obama intends to name former Washington Governor and current Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as the next Ambassador to China.

Here are the details:

ABC News has learned that President Obama intends to nominate Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as his next Ambassador to China.

Locke is the first Chinese-American to be Secretary of Commerce. The former two-term governor of Washington state, Locke’s father and maternal grandfather emigrated from China to Seattle.  As a partner in the Seattle office of the international law firm, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Locke co-chaired the firm’s China practice.

“The president asked him to take this job because Locke had the experience and relationships necessary to take on this key post,” a senior administration official tells ABC News. “With more than two decades of experience dealing with China, Gary Locke has forged important relationships with China’s top political leadership. There is simply no one better positioned to advocate for American interests there and build on a bilateral relationship critical for the 21st century.”
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