Rahm and Reid: Who Gets the Blame for Judd Gregg?

The power struggle between Rahm Emanuel and Congressional Democratic leadership continues. Sean Quinn at FiveThirtyEight:


Emanuel said the idea for Gregg as Commerce Secretary had come to the White House through Harry Reid, that it was not the White House's original idea.

But yesterday Robert Gibbs said that Gregg had approached the White House for the job. And in an interview with the Slate Journal-Register of Illinois yesterday, President Obama confirmed that:

“You know, Mr. Gregg approached us with interest and seemed enthusiastic,” the president said.

However a source knowledgeable about the selection process who did not want to be named for fear of jeopardizing White House relations said that the idea for Gregg actually had been initiated within the administration staff, but declined to specify whose it was.

According to the New York Times article on February 1 announcing that Obama would appoint Judd, this was the description of events:

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