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Breaking: Sen. Judd Gregg Withdraws his Name from Consideration for Commerce Secretary

Update: While it's great news that Sen. Judd Gregg withdrew his name as Commerce Secretary for principled reasons, Amanda Carpenter reports that a source is saying Gregg will not run for reelection in 2010.

For the first time in Obama's presidency, a cabinet nominee didn't withdraw his name from consideration for a cabinet post because of a scandal. Instead, Gregg withdrew because of his principles. Drudge has Judd Gregg's statement:

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."


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Comments (6)

Good for him.... (Below threshold)

Good for him.

I'd say his cabinet assembl... (Below threshold)

I'd say his cabinet assembling was a full blown 3 ring circus...except by my count it's up to at least 20 rings now.

Of course now they'll just pick some 'yes man' who will do 'officially' what Emmanuel was going to do behind closed doors at the White House.

Senator Gregg: "I greatly a... (Below threshold)

Senator Gregg: "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."

WTH..........just another typical politcian.

Guess Obama found out that ... (Below threshold)

Guess Obama found out that it's hard to buy off someone who has INTEGRITY. Guess they don't come across that in Illinois politics too often.

Barry never came upon someo... (Below threshold)

Barry never came upon someone with integrity. It is foreign to him. ww

lol, maybe you should take ... (Below threshold)

lol, maybe you should take an IQ test.. can you pass the average score of 100?






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