Now that Gregoire is retiring as Wash gov, the likely candidates are current Congressman Inslee for brand-D and current state atty gen Rob McKenna for brand-R. Both are weak and slippery in comparison to the Iron Lioness Gregoire.
I've always been ... bemused? ... by McKenna. He reminds me of Calif cong Darrell Issa. Both are capable of being tough and unyielding, which is a good quality, but both always pick the oddest
things to get tough about. Issa can doggedly pursue a bad witness in hearings on corruption, but his pursuit leads to an incomprehensible place.
Earlier, McKenna appeared to consider the "integrity" of the state's open-meetings law more important than the lives of people who were threatened by leftist activists. He pursued the case all the way up to the Supremes, successfully guaranteeing a complete loss of privacy by non-leftists.
Now McKenna is showing his oddness in a big way.
Rob McKenna became president of the National Association of Attorneys Generals, currently meeting in Chicago. McKenna has unveiled a nationwide campaign to crack down on human trafficking.
The initiative encourages attorneys general across the country to speak out against human trafficking and push for tougher punishments within their states.
WHAT? Is that really
the most important problem we have? Does that really require the full attention of all state governments? As far as I can tell, it's only a problem in California, with Chinese and Filipino sweatshops. Not significant elsewhere.