Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire has withdrawn his nomination to become President Barack Obama's commerce secretary.
In a statement released by his office, the New Hampshire senator cites "irresolvable conflicts" on issues including the economic stimulus package.
Gregg was named the Commerce nominee a week ago after the withdrawal of former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
Read Gregg's full statement here.
Politico is reporting that the WH is "blindsided" by the news:
Republican Sen. Judd Gregg abruptly withdrew his nomination as President Barack Obama’s commerce secretary Thursday, telling Politico that he “couldn’t be Judd Gregg" and serve in the Cabinet.
The harsh response from a White House caught off guard: Gregg was the one who asked for the job – and he repeatedly promised that, “despite past disagreements about policies, he would support, embrace, and move forward with the president’s agenda.”
White House aides described themselves as “blindsided” by what White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs described as Gregg’s change of heart.”