Over at the P-I’s Strange Bedfellows blog, Joel Connelly reports that King County Executive Ron Sims is being vetted by the FBI, an indication that he’s up for an appointment in the Obama administration, an intriguing prospect that would produce an audible sigh of relief from political friends and foes alike, across the political spectrum.
For our county’s swarm of executive wannabes, tired of waiting their turn to measure the drapes, yet too timid to challenge a popular incumbent, a Sims appointment would be a dream come true, setting the stage for an old fashioned political free for all this coming November.
Likewise, I’m sure I’m not the only Sims supporter who kinda sorta dreads the prospect of a run for a fourth term. Executives are different from legislators, in that they tend to accumulate blame and enemies, eventually wearing out their welcome with voters and constituency groups. Third terms are difficult enough to win, while four-term mayors, governors and the like are nearly unprecedented outside the safety of a political machine… the kinda machine we definitely don’t have here in WA state.
I’d hate to see Sims end his career losing to a lesser challenger, simply because voters tired of him, and thus I would welcome a high profile DC appointment both as a reward for Ron’s years of principled leadership and public service, and… well… as an easy out from a potentially heart breaking political defeat.
But… I’m guessing a lot of qualified folks are being vetted by the FBI these days, so for now it’s all speculation.