January 30th, 2009
10:54 AM ET
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Gregg confirms he's under consideration for Commerce

 Gregg confirmed Friday he is under consideration to be the next Commerce Secretary.

Gregg confirmed Friday he is under consideration to be the next Commerce Secretary.

(CNN) - Republican Sen Judd Gregg of New Hampshire confirmed Friday he is under consideration to be President Obama's Commerce Secretary.

“I am aware that my name is one of those being considered by the White House for Secretary of Commerce, and am honored to be considered, along with others, for the position. Beyond that there is nothing more I can say at this time," Gregg said in an issued statement.

Sources told CNN Thursday that while Gregg is being considered for the post, it's not a done deal. In fact, a Democratic source said it's not just that Gregg hasn't decided if he wants the position but that there is actually another leading candidate.

"The President hasn't made a decision," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told CNN. He adds on Gregg specifically, "I'm not going to get into the political name game."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he had heard Gregg was being considered, but would not say whether he has been in contact with the Obama administration about it.

He said Gregg is "one of my best friends in the Senate. He's competent in doing what he wants to do."

Roll Call first reported Gregg's potential appointment.

One complication could be that New Hampshire's governor is a Democrat who by law could temporarily appoint someone from any party to the seat. If he were to appoint a Democrat, it could give Senate Democrats a 60 seat filibuster-proof majority.

However, two New Hampshire Republican Party sources suggest to CNN that Gov. John Lynch is careful to appeal to Republicans and might be open to appointing a Republican to "follow the will of the people," according to one of the sources.

Regardless, Gregg, a third term senator known for being fiscally conservative, is up for re-election in 2010.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Morgan, Colorado

    I like it! Truthfully someone that is fiscally conservative would be good to have on the cabinet.

    January 30, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Dawn

    I am a Democrat and maybe I could be in big trouble with alot of Democrats, but if you take a Republican out of Congress, should you replace them with another Republican. That would be wise, right? If a Democrate is taken out of a Republican State, wouldn't it be wise to replace them with a Democrat, whether it is a man or woman.

    January 30, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Steve

    Good to get him out of my state. Paul Hodes would be a great replacement – smart as heck and a progressive

    January 30, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Steve (the real one)

    Dan, TX January 30th, 2009 11:49 am ET
    That would put the commerce department in conservative hands. This has huge implications for NAFTA etc, suggesting that if Judd were in place, republicans would have their way on trade issues.
    I have to disagree with your premise the Commerce Department will be in conservative hands. The position answers to a democratic, liberal president. The marching orders come from the White House. He will follow a liberal agenda. This is designed to rid the Senate of another republican who will be replaced by a democrat! Nothing more/Nothing less!

    January 30, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. EC

    Of course your HONORED buddy, but are you competent for the job? This includes some basic common sense, not those tired conservative idealism from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

    If you can WALK the WALK and not just give us another "cheap Republican blah, blah, blah"....

    Then we'd love to have you on board if our President thinks your fully competent.

    January 30, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. Gordon Shumway

    ...............and the only reason is so the liberals can reach the magic 60 and blow away any and all opposition fillibuster attempts. If Gregg takes it, he will have sealed the casket of democracy and signaled his approval of our new found socialism.

    January 30, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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