McConnell Says Gregg will Be Replaced By a Republican

From the AP's Phil Elliott:

No change in the Senate's balance of power if New Hampshire Republican Judd Gregg leaves to become commerce secretary.

That's the word from the Senate's top Republican, Mitch McConnell. He says Gregg has assured fellow GOP senators of that.

McConnell says Gregg has promised he would be replaced by someone who would affiliate with other Republicans in the Senate.

Ben Smith's reporting cuts a bit in the opposite direction, with Smith writing that the Obama White House "is still trying to get a gaurantee from Governor Lynch that he'll replace Senator Gregg with a Democrat." If McConnell is correct, and Lynch is gearing up to appoint a Republican in Gregg's stead -- even a placeholder Republican, even a moderate or liberal Republican -- the value of a Gregg pick seems to decrease greatly, at least from this vantage. Yes, having Gregg out of the 2010 race would greatly increase the likelihood that the Democrats would win the New Hampshire Senate contest, so there is at least some upside. But if the point is merely to appoint a Republican, there are probably better choices who are significantly less conservative or stalwart.

Tags: cabinet, Judd Gregg, NH-Sen, Obama Administration (all tags)

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31 Comments

Re: McConnell Says Gregg will Be Replaced

Disagree... if they appoint a real RINO that votes with us 90% of the time, it's about as god as a democrat and we get the "bipartisan" kudos as well....

That's the best option, really...

by LordMike 2009-02-01 08:09AM | 0 recs
Re: McConnell Says Gregg will Be Replaced

What does god have to do with it?

by captain dan 2009-02-01 09:08AM | 0 recs
What if it's Rudman......

as Gregg's replacement?  Rudman is the ultimate deficit hawk and I don't see him voting for the stimulus.

Otherwise I really think this is a brilliant move by Obama with little downside and if it gets the stimulus passed, I'm for it.

by esconded 2009-02-01 11:06AM | 0 recs
here's where blago looks like a dupe

it's okay to negotiate a party replacement when making an appointment opening. It's okay for Ted Kennedy to promise that if his niece is appointed, there would be favorable treatment to New York from his committees.  Blago tried to find out what he could get from an appointment - not cash in the freezer, who what, he wanted to know what he'd get?  That's why his impeachment seemed like strange theatre, like an unpleasant potty mouth being impeached as soon as there was a plausible excuse. As far as that impeachment being based on him having to prepare a defense, well, innocent men have been charged before (don' t mean he's innocent, just maybe not guilty) and have had to weather public office while defending themselves. It seems like a better idea to have prosecutions ready to go to trial before the prosecutor releases some of the 'evidence.'

On this one it's clear, it's a quid pro quo, he can get the office if we can get another Democratic senator. If it's no deal it's no deal.  

by anna shane 2009-02-01 08:45AM | 0 recs
"quid pro quo"

No!!!!!!!!!!

"Quid pro quo" is the way Republicans do business.

This would be an extremely bad move by Obama!  RINOs are notoriously double-crossing MF's.

by slip kid no more 2009-02-01 11:04AM | 0 recs
Re: "quid pro quo"

it's the way things work, in Washington, in any deal  making. Separating criminality from this is like impossible, without a cash pay-out to the governor. Everything else is on the table and always has been.  It's fine to be upright, but when things need to happen quid pro quo is one of the tools.  It's Blago who got the shaft.  If he's guilty so is nearly everyone else.  Blago is like a an unattractive guy who makes a pass at someone and is accused of sexual impropriety when an attractive guy could make the same pitch and perhaps get a taker.  

by anna shane 2009-02-02 02:18PM | 0 recs
I don't want Gregg

screwing around with NOAA and the Census Bureau.

Surely a better Commerce Secretary could be found.

by desmoinesdem 2009-02-01 08:54AM | 0 recs
Lynch should respectfully decline

by ann0nymous 2009-02-01 09:15AM | 0 recs
Do the right thing Lynch

Lynch is dead to me if he picks a Republican.

by falcon4e 2009-02-01 09:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Do the right thing Lynch

You do know that honest people can sometimes disagree on what the "right thing" is, right?

It seems to me very improper for a Senator to be replaced by someone from the opposing party with someone from the opposing party.

Someone from the same party ought be selected, or there should be a special election.

by Aris Katsaris2 2009-02-01 10:07AM | 0 recs
that's an invented rule

There are numerous examples of exactly what you condemn happening in the past.  There's no such ethical rule.  Indeed, the voters a Democratic governor when the law says he would make the choice of successor.

by John DE 2009-02-01 10:16AM | 0 recs
There is literally no possible justification

for picking Gregg if his successor will be a Republican.

Enough of the Potemkin Bipartisanship.  They're not even bothering to pretend anymore, and neither should we.

by Geekesque 2009-02-01 10:23AM | 0 recs
I couldn't agree more

but I expect a lot more like this from President Obama.

by desmoinesdem 2009-02-01 11:00AM | 0 recs
Re: McConnell Says Gregg will Be Replace

I can't believe we get a Republican out of NH, for Gregg, that just seems non-plausible.

by Jerome Armstrong 2009-02-01 10:26AM | 0 recs
Re: McConnell Says Gregg will Be Replace

i keep asking these days what are the dems doing? its getting depressing.

by art3 2009-02-01 10:54AM | 0 recs
maybe Obama values looking bipartisan

over finding the best person for the job in this case.

Dumb priorities in my opinion, but he never pretended to be looking out for what's best for the Democratic Party.

by desmoinesdem 2009-02-01 11:01AM | 0 recs
Commerce Doesn't Do Much...

...ever, let alone in the middle of a financial crisis.  Economic policy will come out of the WH and Treasury, so I'm not really worried about what Gregg might do if he takes the job.  

For me, the only question is whether or not this has some advantage in the Senate.  At this point, we don't know the answer to that question, so I'm not sure it's really worth arguing about.  

by HSTruman 2009-02-01 11:07AM | 0 recs
the census is coming up

and the Census Bureau is part of Commerce, so I don't want a conservative Republican in charge of that department.

Also a lot of global warming-related research is done at NOAA.

by desmoinesdem 2009-02-01 04:28PM | 0 recs
Re: the census is coming up

I may be way off, but do you really think the President would allow Gregg to do anything shady with the census?  

Also, while Gregg is fiscally conservative, he doesn't strike me as the kind of guy out to do anything unethical.  

But again, maybe I'm off base here.  

by HSTruman 2009-02-02 04:25AM | 0 recs
Go take your damn meds. n/t

by me e cummings 2009-02-01 08:39PM | 0 recs
Re: McConnell Says Gregg will Be Replace

New politics.

by Josh Orton 2009-02-01 09:10PM | 0 recs
An idea to get us to 60.

Lynch doesn't appoint anyone.  The NH lege, which is reliably Dem, quickly passes special election legislation.  Then, Hodes wins.  

While a special election would take time, it doesn't look like Franken's going to be seated anyways.  As long as Franken's not there, we're still one vote away from cloture (whether #99 is vacant or a Dem), since 2/3 of 98 is 59.

So we get #60 who isn't a Lieberdem, we get props for bipartisanship and process, and Lynch preserves his moderate image.  At worst, a Republican more moderate than Gregg (like Sununu) manages a win, and then we get another whack at him in two years.

by Ramo 2009-02-01 10:58AM | 0 recs
Excuse me, 3/5 not 2/3.

by Ramo 2009-02-01 10:59AM | 0 recs
Franken

To clarify, I meant that he probably won't be seated any time soon.

by Ramo 2009-02-01 11:01AM | 0 recs
Amen.

If Lynch doesn't have the partisan gut to appoint a Democrat, he should at least pass the buck to the people rather than cave to the Republicans.

by Drew 2009-02-01 12:42PM | 0 recs
by art3 2009-02-01 11:02AM | 0 recs
Screw him then.

If he's more loyal to the Republicans than to his new boss he's worthless anyway.

by Bush Bites 2009-02-01 11:17AM | 0 recs
someone who would affiliate with other Republicans

Can you get a shot for that, or is it on-going weekly treatments till you are cured?

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-01 11:29AM | 0 recs
Re: McConnell Says...

McConnell's telling the President what he "should" be doing and now telling the NH Governor who he "will" appoint to replace Gregg. Sounds like he's got a case of the GOP delusions of grandeur. Did anyone tell him he's not in charge of much anymore?

by SuznAZ 2009-02-01 11:48AM | 0 recs
Re: McConnell Says...

Right ... I see this as McConnell posturing, trying to exert political pressure on the governor so he has to pick a Republican. But who really cares about what the Senate Minority Leader says?

The best thing to do is have a special election.

by Lolis 2009-02-01 04:20PM | 0 recs
Frmr reagan Official May Take Gregg's Place
msnbc reports it may be bonnie newman-frmr reagan whitehouse official. yikes
http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2 009/02/01/1776863.aspx
by art3 2009-02-01 02:47PM | 0 recs

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