Thurmond passes on move to Washington

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond just served notice that he’s officially declined the offer to move to Washington D.C. and work in the Obama Administration.

He’s withdrawn his name from what apparently was an offer to work in a third-tier position within the U.S. Department of Labor. Said Thurmond:

“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.”

The decision, of course, makes it much more likely that Thurmond, a Democrat, will eventually jump into the race for lieutenant governor against Republican incumbent Casey Cagle.

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6 comments Add your comment

Will Jones - Atlanta

August 27th, 2009
6:26 pm

Any know the parameters for his use of the state car and driver he has? Just asking.

GA Girl

August 27th, 2009
8:34 pm

Whew! I’m happy to know Mr. Thurmond will remain in Georgia.


August 27th, 2009
8:48 pm

Zola Thurmond, Michael’s wife, can now turn her shake-down to GDOL vendors. She’s good at it.

Georgia Fatherhood Program

August 27th, 2009
9:25 pm

Mr. Thurmond it’s just a blessing to be even offer the opportunity to work with President Obama administration. You are a good man !!! Thanks for all that you do and have done on the the behalf of the Georgia Fatherhood Program.

Keep up the good work Lieutenant Governor…

Conservative Georgian

August 27th, 2009
11:28 pm

Thurmond is really a decent guy. Everybody who meets him likes him… Democrats, Republicans, everyone!


August 28th, 2009
12:55 am

no way he runs for lt. governor. i would be shocked if he do decide to run. stay at labor until 2014 to then run against chambliss for the senate.