Gregg withdraws as commerce nominee
Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor February 12, 2009 08:31 PM
Senator Judd Gregg, the New Hampshire Republican, withdrew this afternoon as President Obama’s nominee for Commerce Secretary, saying he had too many policy differences on the stimulus package and the Census.
“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,” Gregg said in a statement….
In a statement, Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate, said Gregg “made a principled decision to return and we’re glad to have him. He is among the smartest, most effective legislators to serve in the Senate — Democrat or Republican — and a key adviser to me and to the Republican Conference. It’s great to have him back.“
So, it looks like he’s going to stay in the Senate after all…