In Survey USA’s latest poll, Gregoire has an unprecedented 30 point gap between her approval and disapproval rating (33% approval – 63% disapproval). See the link for the crosstabs:
http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollReport.aspx?g=2258ca4e-1d90-470d-8e48-d610bb645d69 (cut and paste)
The tax talk has hurt her...but I think the KOMO expose on CPS took a toll as well. Attorney General Rob McKenna is holding a fundraiser among Republican precinct committee officers in King County. While it is likely that Gov. Gregoire will not run again...the Democrats really do not have much on the bench. Congressman Adam Smith would have to leave Congress to run. Doubtful. Maybe he would look at an open seat for the attorney general spot anyway.
Congressman Jay Inslee is rumored to be a Democrat candidate for governor in 2012. No one knows him. And those in eastern Washington where they ran him out of the congressional district he previously held...don't like him. In any event... Republicans need a message and leadership. They have a new high profile candidtate.