Three Times A Charm? Gary Locke Likely Choice To Head The Commerce Department

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Caught the news out on the Washington Post that Gary Locke - who's been the only Chinese American to ever be elected as the governor of a state - could be joining Eric Shinseki and Steven Chu as part of the Obama Cabinet.

Former Washington governor Gary Locke is likely to be President Obama's choice to head the Commerce Department, according to several administration officials briefed on the decision.

Locke would be the third person put forward by Obama for the job, after withdrawals by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D), because of an ongoing pay-to-play investigation of his administration, and Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), who backed out after concluding that his ideological differences with the administration could not be resolved.

Locke did not reply to an e-mail seeking comment, and the White House said no announcement would be made about the post today or tomorrow.

The choice of Locke for commerce secretary would continue a pair of themes that have emerged as Obama has assembled his Cabinet: diversity and reaching out to former rivals.