Thursday, February 12, 2009

Gregg Withdraws Nomination as Commerce Secretary

Well, Judd Gregg will be staying in the Senate after all.

The New Hampshire Senator has withdrawn his name from consideration for Commerce Secretary due to "irresolvable differences."

First, Gregg had major problems with the $789 billion stimulus bill which is due to be passed by the House tomorrow.

Second, it was clear that Obama didn't trust Gregg from the get go. No sooner than Obama had appointed Gregg when it was announced that the 2010 Census would be run by the White House and not the Commerce Secretary. How can Obama claim to be bipartisan when he appoints a Republican to his Cabinet and then immediately strips him of his duties?

Gregg the second appointee to withdraw from the Commerce post. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson withdrew last month due to a federal investigation into a pay to play scheme for state government contracts.

Will Obama appoint another Republican at Commerce or will he go with a Democrat? If he picks a Democrat, I think Obama will quietly give the Census back to Commerce.

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