Sen. Judd Gregg Withdraws from Consideration for Commerce Secretary

by Sal on February 12, 2009

in Politics

Breaking News:  Sen. Judd Gregg has withdrawn his name from consideration for Commerce Secretary in President Obama’s Cabinet.  Below is the statement from Sen. Gregg:

For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 12, 2009

Senator Gregg Statement on His Withdrawal for Consideration of U.S. Commerce Secretary
Sen. Gregg stated, “I want to thank the President for nominating me to serve in his Cabinet as Secretary of Commerce.  This was a great honor, and I had felt that I could bring some views and ideas that would assist him in governing during this difficult time. I especially admire his willingness to reach across the aisle.

“However, it has become apparent during this process that this will not work for me as I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the Census there are irresolvable conflicts for me.  Prior to accepting this post, we had discussed these and other potential differences, but unfortunately we did not adequately focus on these concerns.  We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy.  Obviously the President requires a team that is fully supportive of all his initiatives.

“I greatly admire President Obama and know our country will benefit from his leadership, but at this time I must withdraw my name from consideration for this position.  As we move forward, I expect there will be many issues and initiatives where I can and will work to assure the success of the President’s proposals.  This will certainly be a goal of mine.  Kathy and I also want to specifically thank Governor Lynch and Bonnie Newman for their friendship and assistance during this period.  In addition we wish to thank all the people, especially in New Hampshire, who have been so kind and generous in their supportive comments.

As a further matter of clarification, nothing about the vetting process played any role in this decision.  I will continue to represent the people of New Hampshire in the United States Senate.”

This is a good move on Gregg’s part.  I was wondering how he would reconcile his Conservative principles with the stuff the Obama administration was pulling with the Stimulus and with the Census.  Kudos to Gregg for staying firm in his principles, even when not necessarily politically expedient for him personally.

Another Obama nominee withdraws, but this time for principled beliefs, not for scandal or tax evasion.

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Chris February 12, 2009 at 11:02 pm

I had originally thought that it was gutless of him to join the Obama Administration, considering that he is facing re-election in NH in 2010, but I have a newfound respect for him in that he: 1) stood up for his principles; 2) will face re-election; 3) will prevent the Senate from inching closer to 60 votes.


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