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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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Update: Ron Sims tells Times he’s just homesick, won’t run for governor

That’s what Jim Brunner reports after talking to Ron Sims about the timing of his announcement that he is quitting his job in D.C.

Coming just a day after Gov. Chris Gregoire confirmed that the 2012 race for governor will be without an incumbent was just a coincidence. Sims, the former King County Executive and county councilman, said he just wanted to come home.

“…Sims said the decision was entirely personal, saying he’d grown weary of living thousands of miles away from his wife, Cayan Topacio. While he said he’s happy with what he accomplished at HUD, ‘in the

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Politico: Ron Sims leaving HUD; returning to state for another run at governor?

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

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