It was announced today that Republican Senator Judd Gregg, of New Hampshire, withdrew his name for consideration to the position of Commerce Secretary citing what everyone else already knows: That the Obama administration will be the most left-wing, most socialist entity ever seen in modern American government.
Well maybe he didn’t say it like that but I’m going to assume that’s what he was implying, for my own sake.
The Politico reports:
Republican Sen. Judd Gregg abruptly withdrew his nomination as President Barack Obama’s commerce secretary Thursday, telling Politico that he “couldn’t be Judd Gregg” and serve in the Cabinet.
The White House responded harshly to Gregg’s announcement.
In a statement, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that Gregg had “reached out” to Obama and sought the Commerce nomination – and that he’d promised that, “despite past disagreements about policies, he would support, embrace, and move forward with the president’s agenda.”
Although one White House aide said he was “blindsided” by the news, another official said the White House knew it was coming Wednesday. Still, there was no joint statement – as there was when former Sen. Tom Daschle withdrew as Obama’s Health and Human Services nominee – and the tension between the White House and Gregg was clear.
“Once it became clear after his nomination that Sen. Gregg was not going to be supporting some of President Obama’s key economic priorities, it became necessary for Sen. Gregg and the Obama administration to part ways,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement. “We regret that he has had a change of heart”.
In an interview with Politico Thursday afternoon, Gregg said he “should have faced up” to the conflicts he felt earlier.
“I’ve been my own person, and I began to wonder if I could be an effective team player,” the New Hampshire Republican said. “The president deserves someone who can block for his policies. As a practical matter I can contribute to his agenda better—where we agree—as a senator and I hope to do that.”
“The fault lies with me,” Gregg continued. He refused to discuss any conversations he had with Obama, saying, “I may have embarrassed myself but hopefully not him.”
In a press conference Thursday evening, Gregg said he will “probably not” run for reelection to the Senate in 2010.
At least Gregg has a shred of decency to avoid going down in flames with the heaping socialism that’s about to impugned on us by Obama. Still though, I can’t even believe Gregg considered it thinking he might actually shape some policies.
In a separate statement, Gregg cited his problems with the economic stimulus bill, as well as partisan disagreements over how to run the Census as reasons for pulling his nomination. He was quick to point out that there was nothing in the vetting process that made him yank his own nomination – steering clear of the controversies that killed the Health and Human Services nominee Tom Daschle and chief performance officer nominee Nancy Kileffer, who both withdrew after tax problems.
At first, upon hearing the news, I assumed Gregg must have had tax problems similar to Obama’s other disgraced nominees, not so.