Chris Gregoire: Lisa Jackson's Replacement at EPA?

In this photo taken Dec. 11, 2012, Gov. Chris Gregoire motions during an interview in her office in Olympia, Wash. When Grego
In this photo taken Dec. 11, 2012, Gov. Chris Gregoire motions during an interview in her office in Olympia, Wash. When Gregoire took office eight years ago, it was against a backdrop of a contested election that led to two recounts and a court challenge. It was only after she completed her first legislative session as governor, six months after she took office, that a judge upheld her razor-thin 133-vote victory. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Seattle Post Intelligencer has caused quite a stir with its suggestion late last week -- attributed to "a very private prediction from a very senior source in Washington's congressional delegation" -- that outgoing Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire would likely be tapped to replace Lisa Jackson as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Jackson announced over the holidays that she would be resigning her post -- a move that some sources have attributed to job fatigue, and others, more controversially, to disagreement with the Obama administration over what The New York Post described as its looming approval of the contentious Keystone pipeline project.

As of the weekend, Gregoire's reps were reportedly saying that the governor had not yet been approached by the Obama administration about the EPA post, but speculation continues apace.

Below, Gregoire testifies before the E.P.A. on greenhouse gas regulation in 2009. Stay tuned...