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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16, 2013, 10:22 A.M.

Gregoire not ruling out a federal post

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire holds an impromptu press conference Wednesday as she visits one of the Capitol press houses to say goodbye to reporters. (Jim Camden)
OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire holds an impromptu press conference Wednesday as she visits one of the Capitol press houses to say goodbye to reporters. (Jim Camden)

Gregoire's last press conference, an impromptu one, as she stopped at one of the Capitol press houses to say goodbye to reporters.

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire pointedly refused to rule out the job of U.S. Interior Secretary, or any other spot in the Obama Administration, as she prepared to turn over the keys to the governor's office to Jay Inslee this morning.

She said she's been too focused on a deal struck with the federal government over continuing cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to entertain thoughts about her next job. When asked if she'd be interested in taking over at Interior for Ken Salazar, who announced he's retiring, she replied:

"When you're called to serve, you respond to the call," she said, but wouldn't sSkay if she'd been asked to consider that or any other post. "I'll wait. I'll see. . . I've had offers heare and around the country."

Her immediate plans? Skiiing in Idaho with college friends who have an annual trip she's had to skip for the last eight years, because it always comes when the Legislature is in session.

She turns over the keys to the office to Inslee at noon. Her flight to Boise leaves at 2:20 p.m.




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Jim Camden
Jim Camden is the Olympia bureau chief, covering the Legislature and state government. He also is a political columnist and blogger for Spin Control.

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