Gov. Chris Gregoire told the White House today that she does not want to be considered for the job of solicitor general, which Elena Kagan held until her appointment last week as Supreme Court justice.
Gregoire, a second-term Democrat, has said for weeks she was not looking for an appointment by President Barack Obama, but in almost the same breath would suggest that she did not know how she would react if the president formally asked her. Today's call apparently made it clear: She doesn't want to be asked, aides said.
"She explained that she does not want to be considered. She mentioned it is not the right time for her and it is not the right time for the state," spokeswoman Karina Shagren said. "Obviously she is humbled that she may have been considered."
Shagren did not have the name of the staffer Gregoire talked to.
Last week, the SeattleP-I.com quoted Gregoire at a news conference as saying:
This should end a lot of the speculation.