Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker, national campaign finance chairwoman for the Obama campaign, has taken herself out of the running to be secretary of Commerce because of vetting issues, a Democratic official said.
“She fears problems with her confirmation based on past business dealings,” the official said.
Pritzker was featured in a flurry of news reports as a likely secretary of commerce. But senior officials repeatedly — and correctly — told Politico that was not true.
Pritzker is a billionaire heiress to the Hyatt hotel fortune.