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.