Lynch: Newman Won't Run for Reelection, Won't Endorse Either

Per Josh Kraushaar:

New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch (D) appointed Republican Bonnie Newman as Judd Gregg's successor in the Senate today -- and announced she will not run for election in 2010.

"Bonnie has assured me she will not run in 2010, and she will not endorse any candidates in 2010," said Lynch.

Newman, in accepting the appointment, described herself as a "proud and independent Republican." She said that she never "in her wildest, wildest dreams" expected to serve in the Senate.

This statement -- which isn't even from Senator-designate Bonnie Newman but rather from Democratic Governor John Lynch -- isn't necessarily binding. Newman could certainly back out of it. Other Senators have said they wouldn't run and then changed their minds (most recently GOP Senator Susan Collins, who pledged to serve just two terms in the Senate but then broke her promise). Then again, it doesn't seem terribly likely that Newman will run, meaning that the Democrats should have a fairly good shot at picking up this seat in 2010 -- particularly with Democratic Congressman Paul Hodes in the race.

Tags: Bonnie Newman, cabinet, NH-Sen, Obama Administration (all tags)

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8 Comments

Wash.Rinse.Repeat.

"Bonnie has assured me she will not run in 2010, and she will not endorse any candidates in 2010,"

Riiight.

by the mollusk 2009-02-03 01:15PM | 0 recs
Re: Wash.Rinse.Repeat.

How about this? If Newman backs out of her promise, Lynch gets into the race and rips her apart! Why does not Lynch say that if Newman backs out, he is definitely getting in.

by Boilermaker 2009-02-03 01:45PM | 0 recs
Can't Someone Else Do It?

     God help us. Lynch would probably be a worse senator than Newman. Hodes is infinitely preferable.

by Ron Thompson 2009-02-03 02:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Wash.Rinse.Repeat.

Actually, if she renegs on this, then Hodes has GREAT ammunition... especially for a state that claims they are "honest" and "politically independent minded"...

God... I really do hate New Hampshire.   This is just added ammunition.

by yitbos96bb 2009-02-03 06:10PM | 0 recs
Newman Won't

Hello, Newman.

by QTG 2009-02-03 01:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Don't Make Post Titles too long to Re!

No one cares about term limits promises as long as you bring home monies.

by MNPundit 2009-02-03 04:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Lynch: Newman Won't Run for

While I'm disappointed that Lynch is the ball less cretin I thought he was...   Newman seems to be politically more like a Blue Dog Dem than a Republican.  She's more moderate than Gregg by appearances.... even if she did work for him.    We might be able to get her to cross on some votes... either way, she's about the best we can hope for under the stupid deal made with lynch.

by yitbos96bb 2009-02-03 06:16PM | 0 recs
bah

Fuck you John Lynch. Do you think a Republican governor replacing a Democratic senator WOULD EVER PICK A DEMOCRAT TO FILL THE SEAT?

by falcon4e 2009-02-03 07:38PM | 0 recs

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