Gregoire Says Goodbye—How Would You Rate Her Tenure as Governor?

Gregoire joined outgoing Attorney General Rob McKenna, Secretary of State Sam Reed and Auditor Brian Sonntag to say farewell before a joint legislative session Tuesday morning.

Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire appeared before a joint legislative session Tuesday to give her final address as sitting governor.

Gregoire, who will hand over executive control of the state to fellow Democrat Jay Inslee on Wednesday, reflected on the challenges and accomplishments she met during her eight years in office—the second half of which brought great economic struggle to Washington state and the rest of the country.

“History will reflect that this was not just any eight years," Gregoire said. "You were not just any Legislature. And these were not just any times.”

How would you rate Gregoire's time in office? Tell us in the comments section.

Despite economic challenges, the state made several important accomplishments during the past eight years, Gregoire said. She specifically touted the beginning of construction on the new State Route 520 Bridge, a declining statewide crime rate, the closure of three prisons, and the way officials have begun to implement the Affordable Health Care Act.

Another key accomplishment, Gregoire said, was Washington becoming the first state where same-sex couples married after voter approval.

“We made the best decision for our gay and lesbian citizens, and the people of Washington agreed,” she said. “We clearly saw that separate but equal is not equal.”

Gregoire concluded her remarks by urging legislators to act immediately to better fund public education, as mandated by the state's supreme court. Funding for education and transportation infrastructure will be central to Washington's economic recovery and competitiveness in the global marketplace, she said.

“There is no free lunch. We cannot cut our way out of this; we cannot save our way out of this,” Gregoire said. “Today is the day. Now is the time. We must invest in our children and their future.”

Outgoing Attorney General Rob McKenna, Secretary of State Sam Reed and Auditor Brian Sonntag also made remarks before the joint session on Tuesday.

Inslee will be sworn in as governor on Wednesday morning at the capitol rotunda in Olympia. An inaugural speech and inaugural ball will be held later in the day.

Art Valla January 16, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Gee whiz. If maybe she had fixed the horrible mismanagement problems at DSHS, DOT or L&I, she might have had some support. As it was, graft, corruption, and incompetence at these 3 agencies is rampant and has been for her full 8 years. Please, God, don't let her take anything that resembles a position of authority or management in the Obama administration.
Don January 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM
God's too kind to fulfill that wish. You'd better pray to the devil.
Ginger January 17, 2013 at 02:54 AM
There is a youtube about Gregoire and some things she tried to hide. "Governor Gregoire Gingers strength" There is even more than is in the video
Susan January 17, 2013 at 04:04 AM
I believe that she was a good governor--not a grat one but she did a lot of good in hard times
Lance Orloff January 17, 2013 at 04:17 AM
Every evil dictator (cuba, germany, italy, japan, iraq, etc) has done a lot of good for their country on the way to bankrupting their government, country and people. Thank the Lord Above Chris G is not as talented as some who actually were able to accomplish their goals. Instead of bankrupting Washington State, we could have been the next Axis of Evil that Obama's predecessor spoke of. My gratefulness is that she was incompetent at best and just plain greedy (though failed) at worst. Oh, and that we have Jay Inslee, who is much, much better. I only say this last because I don't want the SS coming down on me or my children. I have seen the videos of Seattle cops. As a minority (Jewish ancestors 3 generations ago), they scare me.
dexterjibs January 17, 2013 at 06:05 AM
Thanks, Don. I am actually a huge football fan, just not a Seahawk fan.
Don January 17, 2013 at 06:43 AM
Susan, what have you been smoking? You are most definitely a democrat with blinders on and one of the reasons why this state is in horrible debt. Do we work for the state?
Jon H January 17, 2013 at 07:45 AM
Harborite January 17, 2013 at 01:26 PM
We can thank our dear leader Christine for this....... Tribal receipts are not taxed by state or local governments, and Washington’s compact with the tribes does not provide for revenue sharing. All other states with tribal gaming have revenue sharing or provide at least some competitive equity for nontribal operations. The phenomenal growth of tribal gaming is driven largely by the tribal casinos’ exclusive operation of some 23,000 electronic scratch-ticket machines. The tribes have made it clear that maintaining their de facto monopoly on these machines is a top legislative priority for them.
jd January 17, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Wow, only one good comment about her. I agree with another mom. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. And Art Valla - Keep her out of the White House or any other position of authority or government influence.
jd January 17, 2013 at 07:44 PM
I stand corrected, there is more than one good comment. Everyone spreads some joy to others. Some by coming and some by leaving. I'm joyfull she is leaving. Just my opinion
Christina January 18, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Never did like her, full of arrogance. The $5,000.00 spent on desk with tax payer $$ really turned me off.
Lisa Thomas January 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Wow...this forum is certainly populated by right wing folks! A more accurate poll is available from Rasmussen at http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/favorables/governors_approval_ratings where she gets a 43% positive, 57% negative rating. In the comments here, it's like 95% negative. That actually helps me put comments on Patch in perspective. They are not typcial folks commenting....some 95% seem to be to the right.
Lance Orloff January 19, 2013 at 12:26 AM
We here at the Patch community are the 57%'ers. Or actually, 95% of 57% so more like 54.14%. The other 43% seems to be silent for some unknown reason. Would love to hear from the 43%'ers. That is if they are real people and not statistical manipulations of a "for-profit" reporting company. I personally count myself a left leaning compassionate. I actually care about the people hurt by the Christ(ine) Garygoyle failures. As a leftist, I am personally feeling harmed by this rightwing failed governor.
Don January 19, 2013 at 01:51 AM
Lisa Thomas, I believe it's more like 95% are right. If you sway to the left spend more time here and hopefully we can offer some education to help start you moving in the right direction. We are typical of folks who have the ability to see trash and corruption when it's right there in front of us. I would be interested in hearing from those who believe Christine did a good job and actually have the ammunition to back it up. I'm guessing those who support her are unable to do so because their support is based on their blind faith in supporting anything Democrat. I definitely saw that when a very inept Jay Inslee was elected over an extremely qualified Rob McKenna.
Publius January 19, 2013 at 06:18 AM
If you are looking to the comments section for affirmation of your political alignment you need to do some more reflection on your positions. FWIW - 57% negative in WA is pretty bad. The trained seal portion of the population ensures at least 40% for the dems these days.
Joe January 19, 2013 at 06:55 AM
I vote for the candidate but she never was worth voting for. To say something as arrogant as ..."get these folks leaning in the right direction" is pretty impressive. Do you think that it would make your case more appealing by appearing smug? Try again.
Catherine Wittel January 19, 2013 at 07:09 AM
She led our state through one of the worst recessions in history, and though our state has felt the pain of the recession, we have fared much better than most of the country. I believe our Governor tried to maintain funding for critical programs when possible, and moved forward with cuts when she needed to. She took on a very tough job, and I think she did very well. She fought to keep the rainy day fund and I believe it came in handy when we needed it. She left office with our state well prepared for a strong recovery.
Don January 19, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Joe, I'm confused, we're you referring to my comment? I said moving in the right direction not leaning in the right direction. If you were referring to me then the smugness you may detected is actually disgust and a lot of Republicans share my exact sentiments.
Don January 19, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Catherine, you state why you like Christine yet you disregard her horrendous spending habits. During her tenure spending rose 8 billion dollars. I'd like to rephrase your initial sentence. She led our state into one of the worst recessions in history with her excessive spending. You say we have fared much better than most of the country. Are you referring to teacher' salaries and gobs spent on social programs? Are these the people who have fared much better and if so I definitely agree but they are far from the majority of the people in this state who had to and will continue to pay this massive debt she has accrued. When I hear people talking like you I would guess you're on the receiving end or you feeling that money grows on trees and we should spend with reckless abandon regardless of the repercussions all in the desire to make life better for those who have less.
dexterjibs January 19, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Yea Catherine, if she hadn't spent so much, maybe our State would have been better off during this recession that she allegedly led us through. Her and her Democrats increased spending 3 times the amount of inflation. Great leadership and self control.
Jason F. January 20, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Terrible. Good riddance. And her sock puppet replacement Inslee is everything that is wrong with the US. I wish neither of them had been born. It would have dramatically improved our society.
Todd January 21, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Agree, what a disaster!!
Todd January 21, 2013 at 10:48 PM
I so agree!!!
Todd January 21, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Lance Orloff February 01, 2013 at 09:37 PM
We really should be careful here. Last time anyone spoke out effectively against Christine Gargoyle, the State Patrol said they were angry with Dino Rossi supporters for opposing their Witch. State Patrol carries a wide arrangement of guns and weapons they can use when they get angry. I say, out of fear of being angrilly opposed by people with guns and badges, I support his puppetness, Lord Inslee the First. Long live the Corruption. And, cops, please don't trump up charges against me and my family. I give up.
Don February 02, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Lance, good words but don't fear the police. They do work for us and this is not Russia.
Lance Orloff February 02, 2013 at 01:49 AM
I don't fear the police. I work with them regularly. If I truly feared them, would I post such sarcasm? The jistof my tirade was to point out that Christopher Gargolye (aka Christine Gregwar) was able to get the cops to make threats to help her win the election. She turned them into stooges and I am amazed that they allowed her to make them look like mindless dupes. I know that most cops are not the idiots that Christ GregoryWar makes them act like during the elections. But it only takes a couple of spokespersons to make the entire citizenry of Washington State think they are pawns. If I was a cop, I would stand up and oppose this stupidity. Maybe that is why I am not a cop. I read something online once by a child who was tired of all the krap they were dealing with in school: I Pledge Obedience out of Fear of Retaliation To the Masters in DC, Olympia, and University Place And to the Oligarchy, which it Disguises One Tyranny, Under Lucifer, In Perpetuity, With Corruption and Oppression of All. Supposedly, this kid would recite this under their breath during the morning pledge of allegience.
BVorontsov February 02, 2013 at 02:01 AM
She cheated to get into office, then cheated the tax payers. What more can we ask for from a politician?
Michael David Curley March 16, 2013 at 04:46 PM
As British man, and former resident of Seattle, from 1999 to January 2010, lived there long enough to understand the local sway of political life. Travelled to Europe in 2007, with Alan White receiving a coveted Czech Angel Award. Then less than two years later was dragged from home, later beaten twice, refused exit from the state, and spent 99 days in KKJ, under constant light, solitary confinement, and returned back to the UK with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Needless to say during this period her handling of that other high profile murder of a another British Citizen was outstanding for all concerned with exception to the actual facts of life. Some in Olympia stinks....Michael David Curley


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