Sometimes I wonder what it would have been like if Chris Gregoire had taken the plunge in 2000 by running for the US Senate. She was heavily recruited, but decided to stay in Olympia as Attorney General, and Maria Cantwell won the race. I think that Senator Gregoire would have been a tough customer, and I’m even more sure of it when I read about Governor Gregoire’s trip to DC:
Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire should be celebrating her state’s robust economy and record exports. Yet sagging tax collections are lowering an estimated budget surplus by $400 million.
In this slow economy, states are struggling. People are spending less and state governments are taking in fewer dollars.
The financial bottom line is a top worry for many governors in discussions as their annual meeting about paying for public works and energy projects.
“Everything’s been going great for us and now the national downturn has slowed us up,” said Gregoire, a Democrat.
State governments have to do the heavy lifting whenever the federal government shirks it’s duty. Gov. Gregoire has made some tough choices but always looks out for those who don’t have lobbyists to make their case. I mean, who’s going to stick up for kids without health care? Students? Seniors? Not Dino Rossi, thats for sure. Rossi, a Bush Republican, named his dog after the president.
The dog’s name?
“Useless Flea Bag Who Pisses The Carpet.”
Or “Dubya,” I’m not sure exactly.