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Ex- Gov. Granholm heading to Pew Charitable Trusts job?

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm‘s name has been floated regularly for many cabinet jobs, including secretary of labor or transportation or energy.

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm greets the audience as she takes the stage during the 2012 Democratic National Convention on Sept. 6, 2012 in Charlotte, N.C. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Granholm, who last year hosted a show called “The War Room” on Current TV — the network Al Gore sold in January to Al Jazeera — said Sunday she’s “probably” going to work at The Pew Charitable Trusts as a spokeswoman on clean energy matters, though it’s not a “done deal.” Quite so. (A source at Pew says it’s not going to happen.)

Granholm, interviewed on “Platts Energy Week,” an all-energy news and talk show, said she’d been watching confirmation hearings in the last few weeks.

“If you think it was hard getting (secretary of defense nominee Chuck) Hagel confirmed,” she said, “imagine somebody who has run a progressive talk show for the past year, probably poking a few Republicans in the eye,” maybe even some who “might be casting a vote” on her nomination.

“I might be a little bit of a tough” challenge to confirm, Granholm said, “but I’m going to do all sorts of stuff serving on the outside, for sure.”

Sounds like a cabinet post is not in her future. On the other hand, there are some good jobs that don't require confirmation.

Check her comments starting at around the seven-minute mark.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.


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