Another Alum in The Cabinet
Written by Bwog Staff
As if the first African-American Attorney General – confirmed yesterday! – and the new FCC Chairman weren’t enough, a commenter has tipped Bwog off to Columbia’s latest alumnus to join the Obama administration. New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg, CC ’69, has accepted Obama’s nomiation to be Secretary of Commerce. He is the third Republican to join the administration.
The fiscally conservative Gregg’s nomination has been greeted as an indication that Obama wasn’t fooling around about that “bipartisanship” thing. The president has praised Gregg’s negotiation skills, particularly his work as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee during the Wall Street bailout. Unfortunately for the College Dems, however, Gregg did make it clear that he wouldn’t accept the position unless his Senate seat was filled by another GOP member.
Gregg takes over from Obama’s initial choice for commerce secretary, Bill Richardson, who started a trend last month when he withdrew his name from consideration. But Bwog applauds the addition of yet another Columbian, and hopes he can use his new powers to possibly help fix this.