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    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Barack Obama's pick for commerce secretary is likely to be former Washington Gov. Gary Locke, two administration sources told CNN Monday.

    Locke served two terms as Washington's governor and five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Locke, 57, was the country's first Chinese-American governor, elected to lead Washington in 1996 and re-elected in 2000.
    Prior to becoming governor, the Democrat served five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and one term as executive of King County, Washington. He was chairman of the House Appropriations Committee from 1989 to 1994.
    Locke would be Obama's third nomination for the post. Obama's first choice, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, withdrew his nomination in early January, citing the distraction of a federal investigation into ties to a company that has done business with his state.
    Obama then went outside his party to nominate Sen. Judd Gregg, R-New Hampshire. But Gregg withdrew on February 12, citing "irresolvable conflicts" over the administration's stimulus bill and the upcoming 2010 census
    Sources: Obama set for third commerce try
    As long as Locke's not under investigation, his taxes are paid up, and he's not jerking Obama around this one might work out.

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    I liked Locke as Gov of Washington back in the day. I think he's a good guy. I think he'd be a good candidate.
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    I think Locke will be a good candidate too. He hasn't done much since he left the Washington governor's mansion.

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