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Gregoire may take herself of out running for solicitor general job
Posted by Andrew Garber
Gov. Chris Gregoire said Friday she's considering pulling herself out of contention to replace Elena Kagan as the solicitor general, and may decide over the weekend.
White House officials in May confirmed that Gregoire was on their list to replace Kagan as the solicitor general, if she was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Kagan was confirmed on Thursday.
Gregoire previously fueled speculation she might take the job, if offered, by saying "if the president of the United States looks at you and says 'the country needs you to serve, I'm asking.' I don't know what I'd do."
But in an interview on Friday, Gregoire said, "I really can't think of a worse time for a governor to leave the state. It has nothing to do with me. Any governor."
Gregoire said she doesn't know if she's still in the running for the job, but plans to talk to her husband, Mike, about whether to pull out now.
"I want to think about things over the weekend. About whether I should just say, no I don't want to put myself in the position where the president would look at me and say I'd like you to serve. I don't know how I'd personally handle that situation. So I'm asking myself ... do I just say I don't want to be put in that position."
Gregoire said one thing she's been considering "In the back of my mind, whether I should just call the White House and say, you know, you haven't called me but for the record ..."
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