She wasn't in D.C. waiting to be named Barack Obama's Commerce Secretary, nor was she conferring with Dems on replacing Sen. Patty Murray or Rep. Jay Inslee after their moves to the Obama administration. All dead-end rumors. Instead, Gov. Christine Gregoire's office just announced, her mysterious disappearance yesterday resulted from a last-minute trip to visit Washington state troops in Iraq.
Gov. Chris Gregoire this week met with Washington Army National Guard
troops in Iraq. The governor is visiting Iraq with a delegation
including Governors John Corzine (D-NJ) and Rick Perry (R-TX).
"In August, I had the honor of participating in the farewell ceremony
for the Washington Army National Guard troops in Yakima as they left to
serve Operation Iraqi Freedom. I promised I would visit them and it is
with great humility that I acknowledge their critical service for our
state and our country," Gregoire said.
While in Iraq, her office says, Gregoire and the delegation met with service members
from around the U.S., including senior military and
public officials. The delegation also met with Secretary
of Defense Robert M. Gates (Gregoire's his governor, sort of).