Granholm Won’t Join Obama Cabinet

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Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, arrives on stage to speak during day three of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Jennifer Granholm might have been one of President Barack Obama’s most vocal supporters in 2012, but the former Michigan governor has ruled out becoming part of his second-term team.

The former Current TV host and two-term governor told the Detroit News she doesn’t plan to join Obama’s cabinet, despite Washington buzz about her prospects for the transportation, labor or energy secretary positions.

“I’m looking at a number of great options, but I will be anchored near my parents for the time being,” she said in an e-mail message to the Detroit News.

The paper reported that Granholm, who left the governor’s office in January 2011, ended her stint as host of Current TV’s “The War Room” last week after just over a year. She lives in Berkeley, California, and teaches at the University of California branch there.

Granholm, in an interview that aired Sunday, told Platts Energy TV that she’ll likely return to the Pew Charitable Trusts as a clean energy spokesperson. She became a Pew Charitable Trusts senior adviser in March 2011.

Granholm, 54, joked about the difficulty she would face in confirmation hearings.

“I can tell you watching these confirmation hearings over the past week, over the past couple of weeks … somebody who has run a progressive talk show for the past year — you know — probably poking a few Republicans in the eye, probably some of those Republicans who might be potentially casting a vote, I might be a little bit of a tough charge,” she said on Platts.

“But I am going to do all sorts of stuff serving on the outside for sure,” she added.

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