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Not to say ‘Toldya so’ but…

As reported by rumor last week in Spin Control, former Washington Gov. Gary Locke is apparently President Obama’s pick to head the Commerce Secretary.

The Associated Press is quoting an anonymous source as saying the announcement hasn’t been made yet but that’s the way it’s shaping up.

Why the secrecy? The Obama administration may be hoping for third time’s the charm on this one, as opposed to three strikes you’re out.

Rumor: Commerce job for Locke?

Barack Obama may reach into Washington state one more time for spots in the administration. A Washington, D.C., source says former Washington Gov. Gary Locke is being considered for the Commerce Secretary’s job.

That’s been a tough one for Obama to fill. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg both accepted the nomination and then withdrew. Chances are the vetting and the understandings on both side will have to be solid before any announcement is made.

But Locke served two terms as governor, and worked very hard to expand the state’s international trade, particularly with Asia.

King County Executive Ron Sims has already been nominated for a spot at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.