November 20th, 2008
02:08 PM ET
5 years ago

Pritzker NOT a Candidate for Commerce Secretary

 Penny Pritzker was national finance chairwoman for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
Penny Pritzker was national finance chairwoman for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) – Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker said Thursday that she is not a candidate for Secretary of Commerce in the administration of President-elect Barack Obama.

Pritzker said she "never submitted any information for the vetting process to begin" and that "while there were discussions, I was never formally offered the position.

"I have obligations here in Chicago that make it difficult for me to serve at this time."

Pritzker was Obama's national campaign finance chairwoman and had been mentioned as the leading candidate to become Obama's Secretary of Commerce. She is the chairwoman of TransUnion, a national credit-reporting agency.

In a written statement her office issued Thursday, she said, "I think I can best serve our nation in my current capacity: building businesses, creating jobs and working to strengthen our economy."

Pritzker noted that "it has been my great privilege to serve in the Obama campaign. I look forward to helping our new president in every way possible and am excited about the future under his leadership."

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Scott

    Andy, if you're going to slant other people as partisans by saying you're surprised they didn't use "Bush" or "eight years" in their post, you're doing the same thing when you call the president-elect "The Messiah."

    I'm just saying.

    November 20, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Ted

    Andy J, get out of my state. Now. You call us 'sheeple'? Please.

    November 20, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. So many people just causing problems

    Ok, I've really gotten amazed, a lot of laughs at them, and tired of people that didn't vote for Obama trying to find any reason to bash every appointment he makes, or person he even considers. You've gotten so out of hand with it that you're harshly contradicting yourself from day-to-day:

    First, it was he's going to bring in all people from Chicago, you said. You were shouting corruption and that's not change.

    Second, it was he's going to bring in all people from Cliton's terms in office, you said. You were shouting that's not change.

    Third, it was he's bringing in unexperienced people, you said. You were shouting that's not change.

    You don't want experience and shout that's not change. You don't want new/fresh blood, because that's inexperience. You don't want people he's good at working with and close to because that's partisanship or "his corrupt Chicago" politics.

    Yet, through it all your self condescending comments you can't even realize how bitter and ignorant you often sound.

    November 20, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Bill Charlotte,NC

    Just add this to the list of media speculation based on rumors. News as usual.

    November 20, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. mitch

    too bad. i was hoping barack was finally picking some DC 'outsiders' for his cabinet. other than his campaign team and nopalotano, the rest are just clintons and the same old same.

    November 20, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Phil in KC

    Did your 'sources' get it wrong in the first place or did she turn down the offer? I wonder who his 2nd choice is? Buffet would be a really good choice, but I doubt he would take it.

    November 20, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. John from LA

    oh-too bad-I was hoping for PP!-she's the one who whispered into BO's ear and gave him MILLIONS!!!-She's your typical Chicago Billionaire and a part of the Daley clan!!!

    Bots are taking over-BEWARE!!!!

    November 20, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Alaskan Fame Junkie

    @ So many people just causing problems:

    Best post ever. I agree with you 100%.

    Can you even fathom the kinds of people that McCain would have to choose from in order to fill his cabinet in the event that he had won?

    November 20, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. Texas Trail Kitty

    To all of the critics of President Obama and his supporters: Please make up your minds. You criticize pretty much everything he does to the point that you contradict yourselves. And please stop the sarcasm about him being God, or walking on water or being a Messiah. He is none of those. He is an earnest young man who truly wants to help return some of the greatness that was America's before it went rogue (read Republican) for so many years. If you don't like him, fine, but please stop denigrating him and those of us who support him. Remember, there are more of us than of you. But, oh, that's right. Snippy denigration, whiney put-downs and outright lies are all you people know. Step off and let the rest of us work to make America great again. Right now, she's not feeling too well.

    November 20, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Pat Pa.

    Andy Jr. has to be a Rush Limbaugh regular because the word " Messiah ", in re: to Barack Obama, comes directly from him. In fact, he used it yesterday on his show. I was in the car and turned him on for a total of 5 mins to see what he was going on about, and in that 5 mins, he used the word " Messiah " twice in refrence to Obama.
    Enough said.

    November 20, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Hayden

    Interesting, just yesterday all the news sources said it was definitely her. Of course, I think if Obama nominated a Kleenex box for a Cabinet post his supporters would call him magnanimous and wise and his choice particularly well thought out.

    November 20, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. REPUBLIC OF TEXAS

    --------GOOD----------

    -----THERE IS ENOUGH PEOPLE FROM CHICAGO IN DC---

    November 20, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. REPUBLIC OF TEXAS

    GOOD

    November 20, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. Kudos

    She did a hell of a job with his fundraising. Thank you Pritzker.

    America

    November 20, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. Steve in DC

    Ryan...why should he fire people over leaks? There are no leaks...just over anxious reporters trying to get the scoop on every bit of "news" they can get their hands on.

    November 20, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. Peter (CA)

    Shows why everyone just needs to get a grip until there is some verification from the Obama team. I know the news always wants to be first but you are not doing yourselves--or us-any favors.

    Andy J-yeah, she has skeletons that would cause problems and that might be why she has said "no" but your lack of decorum shows what an intolerant guy you are. And I'll say it...."Bush" filled his cabinet with lousy picks over "the last 8 years"....
    There. Not so hard.

    November 20, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. Dayahka

    While we're on the subject of candiates for different posts, why is Ron Paul not a candidate for Sec of the Treasury? Why isn't a lifelong State Department worker on the list for Sec of State? Why all these high profile politicians–instead of professionals?

    November 20, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
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