Locke for Commerce

President  Obama named former Washington Gov. Gary Locke as his nominee for Commerce secretary Wednesday. This was his third shot at a cabinet position that has become extremely important, given the current economic crisis.

I am a bit ambivalent about Gary Locke. As a former Governor of Washington, he brings a Northwest perspective to the position. I recall him being an adequate Governor, but certainly not a visionary. As I recall he got into a bit of trouble with campaign contributions while Governor. Dave Neiwert describes him as lacking leadership skills but,

Still, he’s a highly competent bureaucrat, and a capable spokesman for international trade — which will probably make him an ideal pick for a position like Commerce.

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