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Mon., June 13, 2011, 12:42 p.m.

Gregoire called Inslee, urged him to run

Gov. Chris Gregoire hugs daughters Michelle (left) and Courtney after announcing she won't run for a second term at a press conference with husband Mike and son-in-law Scott Lindsay. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)
Gov. Chris Gregoire hugs daughters Michelle (left) and Courtney after announcing she won't run for a second term at a press conference with husband Mike and son-in-law Scott Lindsay. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire made the decision not to run for re-election over the weekend after talking with family and close advisors, called cabinet members and one potential replacement on Sunday evening.

She urged Jay Inslee, the Democratic congressman from Western Washington's 1st District, to get in...although it seems unlikely she had to push very hard. Inslee has been itching to get into the race as soon as Gregoire is officially out.

"I don't know who all's going to get in the field," she said during her press conference outside the Governor's Mansion to announce that she won't.

Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna officially got in last week.  He made the courtesy call to Gregoire before his announcement, and she followed protocol by not really saying very much about that when asked.

Look for an Inslee campaign rollout press conference later this week, and any other serious candidates in the near future. After all, it is June of 2011, which means the 2012 general election is ONLY 17 months away.




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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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