McKenna running for governor

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna will announce his run for the governorship tomorrow, the AP reports.

The state hasn't had a Republican governor since John Spellman, who left office in 1985, which may explain why McKenna is announcing so far in advance of the November 2012 election.

Gov. Chris Gregoire is in her second term of office and has yet to announce if she's running or not, even if there are a few Democrats on the sidelines waiting to hear her intentions. Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, from Spokane, told The Inlander in February that she would make a decision on her political future sometime this spring. Puget Sound-area U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee is also expected to run.