February 12th, 2009
04:46 PM ET
13 years ago

Democratic source: Gregg campaigned for the job

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A Democratic source close to the Obama White House said Thursday that Judd Gregg "campaigned for the job" - that the New Hampshire senator had asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to approach the president about the Commerce post.

Gregg "sat with [Obama], said he wanted the job, knew his policies and erratically dropped out without warning," said the source, minutes after the Republican senator announced his withdrawal from consideration.

UPDATE: A Democratic source confirms to CNN that Harry Reid approached White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel about Gregg for Commerce Secretary.

And White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday Gregg had initiated discussions over the position.

“Senator Gregg reached out to the President and offered his name for Secretary of Commerce. He was very clear throughout the interviewing process that despite past disagreements about policies, he would support, embrace, and move forward with the President’s agenda," said Gibbs in a statement.

"Once it became clear after his nomination that Senator Gregg was not going to be supporting some of President Obama’s key economic priorities, it became necessary for Senator Gregg and the Obama administration to part ways. We regret that he has had a change of heart”.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Soccer Nana

    Oh really? Yet, he states something else. Hmmmm. There's a skeleton in the closet with some "meat" on it!

    February 12, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Pepou

    Who wants that ninny ...

    February 12, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Typical White Person

    Democratic Source – "erratically dropped out"

    Translation – "After carefull consideration of the policy Obama intended to implement by moving the Census under Rohm Emanual, which was announced after his appointment, Gregg withdrew his name because he was unwilling to be @ssociated with what will become a pivotal point in the loss of credability in American elections."

    February 12, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Slider

    So, the Democrat "source" claims that Gregg campaigned for the job...

    So what?

    When the "source quits spinning enough to recover from the resulting stupor from such actions, then what is really important here can be examined.

    Gregg saw that there are two Obama(s): the campaign Obama, and the empowered Obama, and he didn't much care for the latter.

    Neither will the American people as time goes on.

    February 12, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. obama-mama

    That's a wishy-washy Republican for you. If this man wasn't black, we wouldn't be having these problems. I don't care what anybody say. It is the truth and it's pretty sad. Get all those old racist goats out of the senate and replace with folks that have an open mind and good hearts

    February 12, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Larry wi

    Alright for Gregg, another one that shows he has the gonads to stand up against the idiot golden boy.

    February 12, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Baze

    Scumbag. Forget about bipartisanship, it's a dream.

    February 12, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. Sam

    Yeah, right, sure he did. How convenient for a Democratic operative to claim that now.

    I am THRILLED that Sen. Gregg has decided to stick to his principles and won't sell out to the liberal agenda of spend, spend, spend.

    Hmmm . . . seems like Obama is having a little trouble putting together a Cabinet. Could it be that Obama was simply not ready for prime time? Too late now, America. We're stuck with this neophyte for nearly 4 more years.

    February 12, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. robert c. flores

    It becomes more and more apparent that the Republicans just don't want to resolve the country's issues, and will continue to act like angry kids who didn't get there way. Perhaps if they continue to repeat the same o'le message of the past regarding "tax cut's" for all the cronies with bizillions of dollars they can count on getting reelected.

    February 12, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. HT

    It is obvious that you cannot trust any of these republicans. It is either their ridiculous way, or the highway. Good riddance Judd Greg

    February 12, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. Wil, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Thank you Senator Chickens**t from N.H. What a Loser!

    February 12, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Roxanne

    The GOP are acting like spoiled children ..... having tantrums, picking up their toys, and going home. GROW UP!!

    February 12, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. Jan

    something's fishy, what are you hiding Gregg?

    February 12, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. JIM...TX

    Obama should quit reaching out to the Republican's on all fronts and just appoint Dems and let the whiners whine! They have no intention whatsoever of helping get this country on the right track after YEARS of abuse by Bush an the right wing nuts!!

    February 12, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    The battle is on, they need every available body. The bipartisan deal will only be used as a hammer to beat the Democrats over the head, but will remain largely for lip service.

    February 12, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. john

    If anyone should be criticized it should be Gregg. He apparently didn't have a clue what he was doing.

    February 12, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. March on Limbaughs Castle

    We Americans own the Blue Diamond collectively,whats that tell us?

    February 12, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Joe Frank

    good riddance...

    February 12, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. Republicans Not Qualified for Economic Jobs

    Gregg went after the job and as usual Obama showed great leadership in trying to include Republicans in his Cabinet.

    Gregg knew he could not handle the job and he was probably getting nasty threats from his own Party. Republicans are great at bullying and attacking anyone who does not agree with them. Guess they threatened Gregg and he chickened out knowing he was not qualified to handle a job that required intelligence on economic issues.

    Good riddance! The less Republicans the better our nation will be.

    February 12, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. serah

    FYI Larry wi
    The president is not "the idiot golden boy" he is the president of United Sates and has a name. You appear uncivilized in your writing... I understand the freedom of speech in America, but it is not a leeway to stupidity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. Ms Russell

    Sounds like political posturing from the right... Sen Gregg reaching out to the president for the Sec of Commerce position; suddenly withdraws. This was a disgusting political ploy.

    February 12, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. pappy

    Did godfather rush pillfreak limbaugh give him the order to get in goosestep?

    February 12, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. Gregg Who?

    He must be for more tax cuts. I'm glad he's gone.

    February 12, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  24. Obama Mama Man

    How much do you get paid to read or "moderate" on these things? 6 bucks an hour? 7?

    February 12, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. Marcelino

    What? He is a U.S. Senator and he didn't know that as an appointee he was required to follow and support the President of the United States of America? Give me a break!

    February 12, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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