Jake Tapper on President Obama's choice for secretary of commerce:
The New York Times said of Pritzker in 2008, "Ms. Pritzker's family is renowned for finding ways to avoid paying taxes on its wealth. The Pritzkers were pioneers in using tax loopholes to shelter their holdings from the internal revenue service, and many of their dealings have never been made public."
In September 2009, President Obama disagreed vehemently with the notion that the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate was a tax: "A responsibility to get health insurance is not a tax increase," he told George Stephanopolous. And even on the eve of oral argument, the president's Office of Management and Budget told Congress that the mandate was not a tax.
President Obama's closest political advisor, David Axelrod, called allegations against Commerce Secretary John Bryson "concerning."
"This news broke overnight," Axelrod told CBS's Erica Hill. "I don't really have anything to contribute to that. Obviously, it's concerning. But I'm not, you know, going to comment because I don't know any of the details."
Last Friday, President Obama asked Congress for the power to consolidate government agencies, saying he’d start by rolling Commerce and five lesser departments into a single business and trade department.