Will third time be the charm at Commerce?

Former Washington Gov. Gary Locke is reportedly President Obama's new choice to head the department.

By Alex Koppelman

Published February 23, 2009 10:35PM (EST)

President Obama struck out with his first two picks for Commerce secretary, as both New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) withdrew their nominations for the post. Now, he's reportedly hoping to do better with a fairly obscure choice -- former Washington Gov. Gary Locke.

Locke, who left in office in 2005, served two terms and opted not to run for a third; he was the first Chinese-American governor in U.S. history.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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