Change We Can Really Believe In … Judd Gregg Withdraws Nomination as Commerce Secretary



Obama nominees for Commerce Secretary … STRIKE TWO!

First New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson abruptly stepped down due to a federal grand jury investigating potential corruption between a California company and Richardson. Now comes Gregg’s withdrawal.

Judd Gregg has withdrawn as Obama’s nominee for Commerce Secretary. Call it “irresolvable conflicts,” New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg has abruptly and surprisingly withdrawn as the Commerce Secretary shocking President Obama. Citing irresolvable conflict with the Obama stimulus plan and the Obama hijacking of the 2010 census as the reason. It is about time Republicans stood up for principles. Not only did Gregg stand his ground to the Obama White House, he also has never resigned from his senate seat. Gregg is still the US Senator from New Hampshire.


Saying, “I made a mistake,” Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire abruptly withdrew as commerce secretary nominee on Thursday and drew a testy reaction from the White House, suddenly coping with the third Cabinet withdrawal of Barack Obama’s young presidency.

Gregg cited “irresolvable conflicts” with Obama’s handling of the economic stimulus and 2010 census in a statement released without warning by his Senate office.

From the Politico: “I couldn’t be Judd Gregg and serve in the Cabinet.”

As Michelle Malkin has stated, it is to be commended and about time a Republicans stood a stand on principle. The last straw was the complete and total lack of respect and embarrassment from the Obama camp in the 2010 census grab. It left Gregg with little choice but to say adios.

It was obvious to many that Obama’s choice of Gregg was nothing more than window dressing attempting to give the appearance that “The Chosen One” was bipartisan. Between a stimulus plan that no respecting Republican could support (only RINO’s) and the US Census power grab from the Commerce Secretary, it was more than Judd Gregg could stomach.

“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.

White House sour grapes press statement where I guess one is not allowed to change their mind when all the rules change.

The White House — where some aides were caught off guard by the withdrawal — initially responded harshly to Gregg’s announcement, portraying the New Hampshire Republican as someone who sought the job and then had a “change of heart.”

In a statement, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Gregg had “reached out to the president and offered his name for secretary of commerce” — and that he’d promised that, “despite past disagreements about policies, he would support, embrace and move forward with the president’s agenda.”

Posted February 13, 2009 by
Barack Obama, Economy, Politics, Senate | 16 comments

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    16 Responses to “Change We Can Really Believe In … Judd Gregg Withdraws Nomination as Commerce Secretary”

    1. buster on February 13th, 2009 6:51 am

      He is a very smart man I hope he sets an example every one follows

    2. buster on February 13th, 2009 6:52 am

      Very smart man !!! Hope he sets an example every one follows

    3. super dave on February 13th, 2009 7:07 am

      he didn’t want to tarnish his record by befriending a criminal white house gang.

    4. Rusty Bridges on February 13th, 2009 7:42 am

      True American.

    5. Vote Present For the Stimulus on February 13th, 2009 9:00 am

      Pretty simple.

      The Obama Administration (Rahm Emmanuel and Obama) were removing the 2010 census from the traditional Secretary of Commerce and its constitutional mandates to having it be administered directly by the White House.

      This is Chicago Mob politics at its best. Controlling the census (and who gets counted where) would allow corrupt counting and gerrymandering of districts to ensure Democratic victories forever.

      How much do you want to bet that ACORN would be contracted to do the census once the White House controlled it?

      I don’t care if you are liberal or conservative, this is straight out bad for the future of the United States.

      Gregg saw what they were trying to do and didn’t want to be anywhere near it.

    6. super dave on February 13th, 2009 9:56 am

      obama should be impeached immediately. he is unrecognizable as a leader . he’s like a brotha in a crack house.

    7. Richard on February 13th, 2009 10:47 am

      Good old New England rectitude manifests itself again!

      I believe he also said he would not seek re-election.

      Maybe, just maybe, there are some politicians who don’t see the handing out of pork (not to mention personal benefits that can be gained from doing so) as their highest and best function in life.

      Maybe there are still people with integrity.

    8. Rusty Bridges on February 13th, 2009 11:03 am

      They need to save that picture of Obama next to Judd. That is priceless and needs to go on the 1 million dollar bills that they will need to print to pay for a loaf of bread.

    9. Penni on February 13th, 2009 11:58 am

      We all need to learn from the things that are happening in our country. I will volunteer in the 2010 elections to help people make an educated decision.

    10. ANewGirl on February 13th, 2009 3:42 pm

      Wow….Finally, a Politician with a conscience.

      Amazing there are any of those left.

    11. Richard on February 13th, 2009 4:11 pm

      Just saw this comment on a financial Web site:

      “If you spent a million dollars every day since the birth of Christ, you still would not have spent a trillion dollars as of today.”

      I haven’t checked the math … but now we’re adding on nearly a trillion dollars to the national debt in this one package ALONE … and more are coming.

      What happens when the rest of the world can’t, or won’t, keep flooding us with money? Since our demand for Chinese goods is declining, and the price of oil is down, these nations won’t have the reserve dollars to buy our Treasury bonds.

      So with the added debt, at some point we’ll be mortgaging our future. The administration wants us to think that the Fed can switch gears once the economy recovers … but does anyone think that Congress will stand aside and let its pet programs be derailed and dismantled?

      Or are we locking ourselves into ever-greater federal spending programs?

      And will we finally be so much in debt that our solution will be to print dollars without end, thereby fueling inflation like in 1923 Germany?

      Stay tuned….

    12. buster on February 13th, 2009 5:20 pm

      Just our luck we got a muslim that wont blow himself up

    13. Pat in Alabama on February 13th, 2009 10:12 pm

      11 Richard,

      When we stop buying stuff from “the world”, and we can’t pay what we already owe, someone’s going to say “why should they sit their fat and happy with all our stuff?” Then they are going to come after it. Our military is already stretched pretty thin…

    14. nurturer on February 15th, 2009 8:37 am

      He saw the bullshit and bailed.

    15. nurturer on February 15th, 2009 8:41 am

      #5 – America wanted him. America got him.

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