President Barack Obama today nominated Gary Locke, former governor of Washington, to serve as secretary of commerce.Howie P.S.: The Seattle P-I runs the AP story by "Donuts" Sidoti, "Locke's the 'right man' for Commerce":
The former two-term Democratic governor who left office in 2005 holds experience in international trade and was an early supporter of Obama's main rival in the 2008 Democratic primary campaign, Hillary Clinton. He was the nation's first Chinese-American governor when he took office in 1997.
If confirmed by the Senate, Locke would assume control of a large agency with a broad portfolio that includes overseeing many aspects of international trade, oceans policy and the 2010 Census.The Seattle Times story, "Locke's clout with China may have helped him land Commerce nomination," takes a different approach.
Prompting outcry from Republicans, the administration recently took steps to assert greater control over the national head count. It has deep political implications because it is used to redraw congressional districts and distribute federal money.
"Who oversees the census won't change," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said, adding that the director of it always reports to the Commerce secretary. "I think members of Congress and the White House both have an interest in a fair and accurate census count."