CNN quoted multiple unnamed sources yesterday evening that Obama fundraiser Penny Pritzker was the top choice to become secretary of the Commerce Department. The 49-year-old billionaire heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune, Pritzker was national finance chair of Obama’s record-breaking presidential campaign, which netted $640 million.
But after numerous media sources picked up the news, Pritzer issued a statement today saying she was not in the running forÂ the position.
ABC News quotes Obama officials as saying Pritzer was never in serious contention for the post. “The reports over the last 24 hours are simply not true,” one aide said.
Perhaps so. Or perhaps Pritzer reconsidered after taking a look atÂ a just-released report from the Commerce inspector general, which details the many challenges awaiting the next secretary.