Posted on February 13, 2009. Filed under: News And Politics... |

Just when I thought there would be some truth and dignity arriving in the Obama administration, Judd Gregg withdraws as the Secretary of Commerce nominee.  As he stated during a press conference, his decision had nothing to with the vetting process and that it was a decision he made, unlike the others who were forced to step down due to "negative controversies surrounding the Obama-appointed candidates".  It appears that he is one Republican with morals who didn’t buy into the Obama hype.  The way I see it, everything happens for a reason, and he’s probably more valuable in the Senate.  It’s true that he asked for this position because he felt he had a lot to bring to the table.  However, when he realized he couldn’t compromise his values by supporting the agenda he doesn’t believe in, he withdrew his nomination.  I respect him for that. 


Now we’re back to square one.  While I wish Senator Gregg well, I’m hoping for a good replacement for him…



Senator Judd Gregg with President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
February 12, 2009, 4:25 pm

Gregg Withdraws as Commerce Secretary Nominee

By Jeff Zeleny
Doug Mills/The New York Times Senator Judd Gregg with President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

President Obama’s choice for Commerce Secretary, Senator Judd Gregg, withdrew his nomination on Thursday. He said there were “irresolvable conflicts” between him and the administration.

“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,” Mr. Gregg said in a statement. “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.”

The withdrawal comes one week after Mr. Gregg was named to become the third Republican member of the Obama Cabinet. It is the second time that the commerce secretary position has been vacant within the last month.

Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, on Thursday sought to contain the political damage from the latest shakeup among Obama appointees. He said in a statement that Mr. Gregg had “reached out to the president and offered his name for secretary of commerce.”

“He was very clear throughout the interviewing process that despite past disagreements about policies, he would support, embrace, and move forward with the President’s agenda,” Mr. Gibbs said. “Once it became clear after his nomination that Senator Gregg was not going to be supporting some of President Obama’s key economic priorities, it became necessary for Senator Gregg and the Obama administration to part ways.”

Mr. Gregg, a Republican of New Hampshire, had not resigned his seat in the Senate. He has been away from the Senate floor this week, presumably preparing for his confirmation, and did not vote on the administration’s economic stimulus plan.

Last Tuesday at the White House, with Mr. Gregg at his side, President Obama touted his nominee as a fiscal conservative who could help “shore up our financial system and revitalize our economy.”

The president selected Mr. Gregg exactly two months after he nominated his first choice for commerce secretary, Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico. He withdrew his name from consideration because of a federal investigation into state contracts, the first of several controversies surrounding the president’s top nominees.

In announcing his withdrawal, Mr. Gregg released a statement through his Senate office. It was not announced by the White House, though aides said the president had been informed of Mr. Gregg’s decision.

“Obviously the President requires a team that is fully supportive of all his initiatives,” Mr. Gregg said in a statement. “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.”

He added, “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.”

It was another blow for the White House, which has seen three Cabinet nominees withdraw from consideration. Tom Daschle pulled his name from consideration to lead the Health and Human Services Department amid questions about his tax returns.

Boy, Obama’s finding out it’s tough to get good help nowadays.  Just the other day, I wrote, but didn’t have a chance to post…



If at first you don’t succeed…


Obama initially chose Bill Richardson for the Commerce job, and you know how that poor choice turned out…the New Mexico governor had to withdraw his nomination amid a grand jury investigation into a state contract awarded to his political donors.  It was no big surprise that another Democrat had to step down.  Richardson‘s name was frequently mentioned as a possible Cabinet appointment in the incoming Obama administration.  Most of this speculation surrounded the position of Secretary of State, given Richardson’s background as a “diplomat”.  It was widely reported, and eventually officially announced, that Hillary Clinton would be Obama’s nominee for Secretary of State.  I’m thinking it was because Hillary Clinton approached Obama to cash in in her chips for playing along with him and the rest of the Democrats.  Around the same time, it was reported that Richardson was being strongly considered for the position of Commerce Secretary, and on December 3, 2008, Obama did tap Richardson for the post.  On January 4, 2009, Richardson withdrew his name as Commerce Secretary nominee because of the federal grand jury investigation into pay-to-play dealing.  The New York Times reported in late December that the grand jury investigation issue would be raised at Richardson’s confirmation hearings.  Boy, I’ll tell you…Obama can really pick them.

This time around, he played it safe by going with a Republican, New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg.  I’m sure there will be no ill effects with this choice.  Judd Gregg would be the third Republican in Obama’s Cabinet, joining Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  Three’s the charm here.




It will be interesting to see how Judd Gregg does in this position should it come to fruition.  Obama says he’s doing this to “be bipartisan”, but if you read between the lines, he actually chose a Republican because they needed a candidate who didn’t have any destructive baggage that would come back to haunt them.  Transition officials were well aware, from the start, the problems Richardson faced stemming from the federal investigation which was first publicly reported over four months ago.  Only recently, has the Obama team decided that Richardson’s problems are fatal, as the Blagojevich affair created combustible conditions.  They know only too well that this time around, they needed to get a squeaky clean candidate…enter Judd Gregg, US State Senator of New Hampshire, who does has a clean record―something you can’t say about most of the Democrats in his cabinet.  Look what happened in the White House the last time a Democrat was in office?  Bill Clinton’s legacy is forever tainted, regardless of how much some people say they love him.  He lied to the American people while under oath and disgraced the White House.  Only when there was concrete evidence was he forced to come clean and own up to his despicable actions.  The same thing happened with countless other Democrats when faced with their own “lapse in judgement”.  I’m an Independent, but I find that there’s always been a massive amount of misconduct among Democrats, but they are few and far between with Republicans.


Some people would say that Obama is under more scrutiny than the previous Republican presidency.  I beg to differ here.  You can be 100% sure that if the Democrats found anything amiss with the Republicans that Bush picked for his cabinet, they would have brought all the filth, front and center.  They had to keep their mouths shut because there wasn’t any.  As I’ve said before, Bush brought dignity back to the White House after it was disgraced by Bill Clinton.






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