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Friday, August 28, 2009 - 8:03am

Thurmond Says No To Federal Labor Post

Updated: 5 years ago.
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.

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