New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg has withdrawn his nomination to be President Barack Obama’s commerce secretary after severe disagreements with Obama on the stimulus package and 2010 census.
“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,” he said.
“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,” he said. “Obviously the President requires a team that is fully supportive of all his initiatives.”
Gregg is the first nominee to withdraw his name for a cabinet position in protest.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson withdrew his name for commerce secretary in January amid an ethics investigation in his state. And Tom Daschle withdrew his name for health and human services secretary over criticism about his failure to pay taxes on unreported income.
Perhaps Gregg doesn’t agree with Obama at all after getting to know him and his proposed policies, or maybe Gregg is trying to proect his own hide in the Republican party.Â Regardless, there has been extreme disagreement with Obama over the stimulus package.Â Others are talking about his hidden plans to influence the 2010 census by having the census committee report to him daily.