Senator Gregg withdrew his nomination for the post due to “irresolvable conflicts” with the stimulus and census.
Wired PR News.com – Senator Judd Gregg has withdrawn his nomination for Commerce Secretary. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the Republican senator’s decision was due to what were deemed “irresolvable conflicts” with the President’s management of the economic stimulus and census for 2010. Gregg, a former governor of New Hampshire is quoted as stating, “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 was offered the post after President Barack Obama’s first choice, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, withdrew his nomination amidst controversy over a grand jury investigation. The senator previously expressed agreement to accept the post to Obama’s Cabinet only if his Congressional seat would be occupied by another Republican.