Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe had high praise Tuesday for a state regulator who may be in line to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Colette Honorable, Beebe's former chief of staff, is "honest and fair," he said, praising her work as chair of the Arkansas Public Service Commission.
"If you want somebody who's fair, somebody who's not a polarizing figure, somebody that brings people together and will weigh all the evidence ... she'd be hard to beat," Beebe said.
Honorable's evenhanded approach has some mentioning her as a potential FERC chairwoman after the nomination of Ron Binz, a Colorado energy regulator, was dropped. Binz withdrew after a contentious Senate hearing that included accusations that he was anti-coal; he maintained partisan interest groups had gotten too involved in the confirmation process and sunk his chances.
Honorable was working at the state attorney general's office when Beebe took the helm in 2003. He later made her his chief of staff, where she stayed as he transitioned to the governor's office in 2007. Later that year Beebe appointed Honorable to the Public Service Commission.