Complete Blank elevated to head Commerce Department

June 21, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement on the elevation of Rebecca Blank to acting secretary of the Commerce Department:

“The Obama Commerce Department is a case study of why it is so important to fight bad nominees at the secondary level. Had Obama gotten his way, the Acting Secretary would now be Terry Garcia — someone so radical Green he makes Van Jones look like the CEO of Dow Chemical. He was so bad he couldn’t even get a vote.

“Now, with John Bryson resigning under very unusual circumstances, who replaces him? Rebecca Blank. The best Obama could come up with to head the Commerce Department is someone who does not even believe in the private sector.

“All of this is just an admission of why the Department should just be abolished, and its pieces scattered into wind. But more so it is a warning to Senate Republicans to closely scrutinize every single nominee and block as necessary, especially these deputies, who you never know when they’re going to be elevated.”


ALG Nominee Alert, Rebecca Blank, Dec. 2011, at

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