Obama must find commerce secretary, again

WASHINGTON (AP) - Maybe the third time will be the charm for President Barack Obama, who is once again on the prowl for a commerce secretary.

Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire backed out yesterday, citing "irresolvable conflicts" with the new Democratic president's policies.

That was just one week after Obama tapped him for the post the president originally gave to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. Richardson withdrew after the disclosure that a grand jury is investigating allegations of wrongdoing in the awarding of contracts in his state.

As for Gregg, Obama says his change of heart came "as something of a surprise." The president tells the Journal-Register of Springfield, Ill. that Gregg had approached the administration about the job.


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