WASHINGTON (CNN) - You know the old saying: “If at first you don’t succeed...you’re probably trying to pick a Commerce Secretary.”
The President today nominated former Washington State Gov. Gary Locke to lead the Commerce Department. And at the beginning of his comments, Obama made light of the fact that this is take three in his quest to fill the post.
"Now, I'm sure it's not lost on anyone that we've tried this a couple of times, but I'm a big believer in keeping at something until you get it right," said Obama at today's announcement.
The President's first choice for Commerce Secretary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, bowed out on January 5, citing the distraction of a federal investigation into ties to a company that has done business with his state. Democratic officials told CNN the investigation involves a California company that won municipal bond business in New Mexico after contributing money to various Richardson causes.
Obama's second pick, Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, cited "irresolvable conflicts" with the administration over the economic recovery bill when he withdrew his name from consideration on February 12.
Now the president’s counting on the wisdom of another old proverb: “Third cabinet pick’s the charm.”