At the start of President Obama’s presidency, NH Republican Sen. Judd Gregg was to be the token GOP’er in Obama’s cabinet. Three years ago today, however, Gregg withdrew as nominee for Commerce Secretary, citing differences over the “stimulus” bill and the census as “irresolvable conflicts.”
Gregg was part of the unified GOP opposition to the “stimulus” bill. As for the census issue, Gregg—along with many on the right—took issue with how the White House wrested control of and unnecessarily politicized the 2010 Census from the Commerce Department.
Traditionally under the purview of the Commerce Department, the Obama administration changed protocol so as to require the Census Bureau director to report directly to the White House. Given nervousness in the wake of the 2008 election regarding the administration’s ties with ACORN and voter fraud, many—including Sen. Gregg—were understandably tentative.
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