Judd Gregg cited irreconcilable differences on the Census Issue and the irresponsible "Generational Theft Act". More news to follow.
'I want to thank the President for nominating me to serve in his Cabinet as Secretary of Commerce. This was a great honor, and I had felt that I could bring some views and ideas that would assist him in governing during this difficult time. I especially admire his willingness to reach across the aisle.
"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."
[...] Senator Judd Gregg said, "I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the Census there are irresolvable conflicts for me." Woah! And, he slams the door on the way out! [...]
Welcome to the real world, Senator. Will you be supporting your State's Sovereignty "stimulus"?
[...] Wow. This is an embarrassment for Obama, and might imperil the stimulus package, if Gregg has any influence over the waverers. The decision to strip him of authority over the census looks like the last straw, however — as it should have been. [...]
[..] Meantime, President Obama is on the TV right now praising Transportation Secy nominee Ray LaHood as a “Republican he loves.” [END]
Check out the statements there.
From Duane's All American Blogger
In an attempt to usurp the constitution, Obama cynically named Republican Judd Gregg to head the Commerce department -- a brazen attempt to steal voting power for certain states and 'groups' within states. I blogged the whole thing here.
Not a day later, in a nasty coup, Obama attempted to seize control of the census - out of the non-partisan hands and into his money/power grubbing paws. Citing? Gregg's "conflict of interest". Now that's balls.
Either he is megalomaniacal or he thinks the American people are deeply and importantly stupid. Or Both.
Judd Gregg saw he was being ill used and he did something unique in Obamaland -- he did the right thing, Judd Gregg has withdrawn his name from consideration as President Barack Obama's Commerce Secretary, a major blow to President Hussein. [...]
Poor Czar. Not even a month in and he is doing MUCH worse than GWB could ever hope to be blamed for.
Looks like Czarbama is a little PISSED! ROFLMAO!! Look at that bl!! WOW!