Gregg Will be Comm Sec Mon.-NYT-And?

Sen. Gregg of NH will be Comm. Sec Monday says NYT. We need the 28th amendment passed prohibiting guvs from appointing senators-and this case will show why yet again. It appears Gregg cuts a deal with Guv Lynch to have a republican replace him-a placeholder. Some say former moderate GOPer Sen. Rudman may get the seat until 2010. Others think Lynch may appoint his close friend Ms. Swett-a moderate democrat who chaired Lieberman's 2004 presidential bid. Swett would be the best we could get out of libertarian NH. NH is going more Dem so I expect Rep Hodes, a democrat to tae the seat in 2010 even more easily now. Expect a liberal firestorm if a Dem guv fails to deliver that 60th seat we so need. In addition, expect that 28th amendment ending these appointments to get real momentum from pissed House and Senate Dems. This will be a real show.


Obama Ready to Pick Republican Senator for Commerce Post
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
Published: January 31, 2009
WASHINGTON -- The White House on Saturday confirmed the widespread speculation that President Obama is set to pick Senator Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire, as his nominee for commerce secretary.

If Gov. John Lynch of New Hampshire, a Democrat, replaced Mr. Gregg with a member of his own party, that would put the Democratic majority at 60 -- a magic number in the Senate, because 60 is the number of votes needed to control the legislative agenda and block a Republican filibuster.

But there are no guarantees that Mr. Lynch will pick a Democrat: New Hampshire is a state that prizes its political independence, and Mr. Lynch is a moderate. Some analysts say the governor could turn to a well-regarded Republican -- the name of Warren Rudman, a former senator from New Hampshire, has been mentioned -- to serve as a kind of "caretaker senator" to fill out the remainder of Mr. Gregg's term, which expires at the end of 2010.


http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/us/pol itics/01gregg.html?_r=1

Tags: Congress, obama (all tags)

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12 Comments

Re: Gregg Will be Comm Sec Mon.-NYT-And?

This is incredible... How can Obama argue Gregg is the best candidate for the job?

by LeftistAddiction 2009-01-31 09:48AM | 0 recs
Re: Gregg Will be Comm Sec Mon.-NYT-And?

nothign surprises me these days.

by art3 2009-01-31 10:03AM | 0 recs
This is far smarter

than Paterson's idiotic Gillibrand pick.  

by Kent 2009-01-31 11:39AM | 0 recs
Re: Gregg Will be Comm Sec Mon.-NYT-And?

Here's a thought.

Governors want that stimulus money bad.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28949195/

Why wouldn't NH's gov pick the Senator most likely to vote yes on the stimulus bill?

by Bush Bites 2009-01-31 12:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Gregg Will be Comm Sec Mon.-NYT-And?

Warren Rudman has already said he wouldn't do it, and a lot of that article relies on unnamed analysts and sources - and even the unnamed officials only say that Governor Lynch would have to 'strongly consider' a Republican for the seat. Go to Blue Hampshire for much more analysis on this one before forming the circular firing squad, please. Nobody in the know has made any statements about who's actually under consideration, just lots of speculation and analysis.

by realnrh 2009-01-31 12:40PM | 0 recs
Re: Gregg Will be Comm Sec Mon.-NYT-And?

Dear god... If you are going to blog, please learn to actually WRITE coherent readable sentences.    This diary is a pain in the ass to read... good on content, shitty on grammar and writing style.

by yitbos96bb 2009-01-31 01:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Gregg Will be Comm Sec Mon.-NYT-And?

Unless Lynch is leaving the party, I can't see him forfeiting his status within the party by doing this... not without consent from the White House.

by yitbos96bb 2009-01-31 01:38PM | 0 recs
Makes no sense.

I'm in NH.

There's a better than even chance Gregg loses his seat in 2010 anyway. It's the way the wind's blowing in New Hampshire with Sununu getting thrown out this time around.

I voted for Lynch, held a sign for him at the polls, and have met him a couple of times. He's a good governor, but if he appoints a Republican to that seat I won't ever vote for him again.

It also makes no sense from Obama's perspective. It only makes sense to appoint Gregg to get that 60th vote.

by Travis Stark 2009-01-31 02:42PM | 0 recs
Gregg probably would have won

If he stayed in that seat. 2010 is not going to be anywhere near as freindly as 2006 and 2008 were for Democrats.  

by Kent 2009-01-31 04:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Gregg probably would have won

Didn't say it was a lock. Just that it's better than even. He's going to have a serious run at his seat and he's seen what's happened to Sununu. It's the only reason he's considering the cabinet post in the first place.

by Travis Stark 2009-01-31 05:44PM | 0 recs
Exactly

Hodes would have an uphill battle against Gregg as an incumbent, but probably any credible Democrat would be a favorite for an open seat race.    

by Kent 2009-01-31 08:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Makes no sense.

I thought we were already at 59 (assuming Franken gets seated).

by Vox Populi 2009-02-01 07:59AM | 0 recs

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