"BREAKING: Gregoire to appear at Obama's KeyArena rally, will endorse his candidacy"
Howie Intro: It's a little old by now, but here it is:
Andrew @NPI blog:
After several weeks of rumors, it appears that what I suggested just a bit ago on AM KPOJ in Portland is now true: sources tell us that Governor Chris Gregoire is endorsing the candidacy of Senator Barack Obama and is scheduled to appear at Obama's midday KeyArena rally in just a few hours.Barack Obama
(We'll be covering the rally live starting at kickoff; check back here for updated coverage of the event, which should be a lot of fun).
Gregoire's decision to back Obama puts her in good company; fellow Democratic governors Janet Napalitanto of Arizona and Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas are also backing Obama. Representative Adam Smith of Washington's 9th District, meanwhile, is already a key figure in the local Obama effort, having signed on early.
The state's two other top Democrats - Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray - are backing Hillary Clinton, though neither is serving as a co chair to the campaign (Jay Inslee, Ron Sims, and Gary Locke are Clinton's Washington co-chairs). While Clinton recently picked up the endorsement of Representative Norm Dicks, Gregoire's decision to support Obama is huge because it gives him another high profile superdelegate from a state where Clinton has been snapping them up.