Politico has put together a list of potential appointees in an Obama administration, and the two names being bandied about by Beltway insiders for Secretary of the Interior are Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Rep. Jay Inslee.
That would be a great resume and profile boost for Inslee, who we all assume aspires to the governor’s mansion, and a well earned reward for his leadership on environmental and alternative energy issues. But it would throw WA-01’s political scene into turmoil, as there’s no obvious heir, and there’s no reason to count this a safe Democratic seat without Inslee in it.
Let the jostling begin.
I asked Inslee’s office if they would comment on this speculation, and Torie Brazitis promptly responded:
“Nope. Mr. Inslee is focused on the election and making sure that Senator Obama gets elected to be our next President.”