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Update: Is Senator Gregg a Good Pick for Commerce? February 12, 2009

Posted by Suzanne Robinson in Uncategorized.
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As I wrote last week, I thought Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) was a bad choice for Commerce Secretary.  He refused to vote on the stimulus plan while saying he supported it, though his voting record indicated that his support would have required a miraculous change of heart.  My main concern, though, was that, having forcefully opposed additional spending by President Clinton to conduct an accurate census, I doubted that he would work hard to ensure that all the people would be counted in 2010.

Well, it turns out that he agrees.  Senator Gregg withdrew from the nomination today.  He sat for an interview with Politico and released a written statement in which he explained that, …”[I]t 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…. We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy.”  

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1. Liz Burke - February 13, 2009

I do not understand why he would allow his name to be submitted if he had fundamental disagreements with the Obama Administration policies. He had to know these issues would arise! He even admits, as you quoted “We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy.” Well then, if he knew he would not be able to carry out the Administrations mission, he had no right to even continue thru the vetting process. Either he is a world class egoist or a clever and sneaky creature who did this to create more instability for Obama and future Cabinet picks. Either way, he is a sorry excuse for a “bi-partisan” politico.

2. Suzanne Robinson - February 13, 2009

well said… at least he said he will not run for reelection in 2010.

3. Liz Burke - February 14, 2009

Are you sure?? He doesn’t seem to have much sense.


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