The controversy swirled around President Obama’s attempt to take responsibilities for the census out of the hands of the Commerce Department because Gregg is a Republican.
President Obama’s call to put the census in the hands of the White House and under the direction of his partisan chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, did not exactly assure people that the census would be anymore non-partisan under him than Senator Gregg.
Well in what is becoming a norm for the administration, another cabinet nominee has declined the nomination.
Senator Gregg claims that ideological differences over the stimulus package make it clear that he is not in sync with the administration and that he was apprehensive over the President’s attempt to take responsibility away from the department. White House officials have yet to respond.
Either way, the move is good one.
It was apparent that President Obama did not have confidence in Senator Gregg and that there would be too much second guessing of him if he were to actually become Secretary of Commerce.
This is the second nominee for Commerce Secretary to withdraw their nomination.
Governor Richardson of New Mexico withdraw weeks ago after it was disclosed that he was under investigation for selling state contracts in turn for campaign donations.
As it stands now, commerce seems to be a problem for the administration.
Hopefully they can get their act together and find someone who they can trust to do the job without taking the department’s responsibilites away in order to serve partisan political agendas.