Gary Locke You've Been Confirmed

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

While in some ways we knew there shouldn't be anything precluding Gary Locke from becoming Commerce Secretary - it's never official until the confirmation (especially as of late) - and now we can say that Gary Locke has officially joined the Obama cabinet:

The third try is, evidently, the charm for President Obama’s appointments to lead the Commerce Department. The Senate has just voted to confirm former Gov. Gary Locke of Washington to the post.

Mr. Obama’s first two nominees withdrew: Gov. Bill Richardson because of a pay-for-play investigation in his home state of New Mexico, and Senator Judd Gregg, a New Hampshire Republican, over philosophical differences and a dispute about control of the Census Bureau.

But after all that controversy, Mr. Locke breezed through, with the Senate approving his nomination by voice vote.

Or at least the White House.

O.K., maybe just the cabinet.

Well...a portion of it.

You know what I mean.