Fri., August 28, 2009 12:03pm (EDT)

Thurmond Says No To Federal Labor Post
By Edgar Treiguts
Updated: 5 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond turns down federal labor post. (photo courtesy Ga Dept.of Labor).
Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond turns down federal labor post. (photo courtesy Ga Dept.of Labor).
Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond has confirmed he will not take a job in the federal government. In a press release from his office, Thurmond outlined why he's withdrawing his name from consideration of a U.S. Department of Labor post:

"I appreciate the opportunity afforded by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Assistant Secretary Jane Oates to serve in the Obama administration. However, after much thought and prayer, I have decided to continue focusing my energy and efforts on helping nearly half-a-million jobless Georgians get back to work."

Thurmond's name surfaced last month in connection with a federal post to serve in the President Obama administration.