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Published November 01, 2012, 09:24 PM

Washington Gov. Gregoire Endorses East Grand Forks Candidate Gregoire

Even though she’s never met him, the governor of Washington state has endorsed challenger Wayne Gregoire for mayor of East Grand Forks. The Washington governor is Chris Gregoire, whose husband is Mike Gregoire, a first-cousin of the City Council member who is opposing Mayor Lynn Stauss.

By: Ryan Bakken, Grand Forks Herald

Even though she’s never met him, the governor of Washington state has endorsed challenger Wayne Gregoire for mayor of East Grand Forks.

It appears that blood is thicker than water.

The Washington governor is Chris Gregoire, whose husband is Mike Gregoire, a first-cousin of the City Council member who is opposing Mayor Lynn Stauss in Tuesday’s election.

Chris Gregoire, who is not running for a third term, sent an e-mail Thursday to the Herald with her endorsement because of “Wayne’s commendable community activism throughout his adult life, to include his long service on numerous local boards, and his most recent seven years on the City Council.”

Wayne Gregoire said he doubts that the endorsement will land him any votes, but that “I’m flattered the word of my candidacy has gotten that far. They’re just showing family pride and wishing me luck, so I’ll take that.”

Stauss used the governor’s endorsement to make a serious point and crack wise:

“If I’m going to be endorsed, I want it to be by people who know me and what I’ve done,” he said. “That’s why I was so glad to see (Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown) endorse me, because he is showing trust in me.

“And, I guess Wayne is getting desperate if he’s going to Washington for endorsements. Maybe the next place he’ll go is China.”

Although the political ramifications likely are nil, Gregoire said it nice to hear from family members.

“That’s what families do,” he said. “They pull for each other.”

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