February 2nd, 2009
10:15 PM ET
9 years ago

Gregg accepts Commerce offer, Newman to take his seat

 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.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Two senior administration officials say Judd Gregg has accepted an offer to be Commerce Secretary. An announcement will be made Tuesday morning at the White House.

UPDATE: Late Monday, political sources in New Hampshire confirmed to CNN's John King that Lynch will name Bonnie Newman, former chief of staff to Gregg, to fill out his term in the Senate. Sources from both parties confirmed the move.

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  1. jen


    February 2, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  2. true

    i know the prez can't be that naive to see that they are setiing him up for failure . example the stimulus pkg. the republicans have came out exposing the democrats w/ a list of spending examples thats horrendous . but an alternetive was crafted by an hispanic sen . martinez from fla, who the republicans want to trot out. and make him look good. mcconnell and the gop are the ones who have squndered a trillion dollars which they don't have to account for now wants to come out of this smelling like roses. this stinks to high heaven. how about this roland martin????????????

    February 2, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  3. vince ree

    goodie, goodie. The best people for the job is what I see happening. Gone are the days of putting buddies and friends in positions at the executive level.

    February 2, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  4. jen

    First lady rallies education department staffers

    And just exactly WHO elected Michelle Obama - to ANYTHING?

    February 2, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  5. Simmy

    Why is he coming and his SEAT is not? Why not get a Native American? We've got enough Republicans. But anyway (reluctantly) welcome aboard, I guess.

    February 2, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  6. Ron , West Coast

    The governor should replace Mr. Gregg`s senate seat with a democrat. " NO if`s and`s or But`s........

    February 2, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  7. gsiofy

    finally , A not-crook member of the cabinat

    February 2, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  8. gsiofy

    God speed Gregg

    February 2, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  9. Bipartisanship

    Good for Obama for crossing party lines and picking the right man for the job.

    Now if only the Democrats and Republicans in congress could do it.

    February 2, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. Independent_me

    Senator Gregg –
    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do no use this opportunity of bipartisanship to try to derail and obstruct Obama in what he is trying to do for this nation. I am a NH resident and I know that you never stood up to George Bush.

    The Republicans allowed him to waste our money and now they have suddenly discovered that they are "fiscally responsible". They are just using his attempts to be inclusive to derail him.

    Please do not play politics with this opportunity. Please put aside partisanship, ideology and do what is best for the country – even if your Republican colleagues do not agree with you!

    February 2, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  11. malclave

    I wonder if the Democratic governor who will appoint his replacement was honest in his promise to appoint a Republican replacement?

    I doubt it... the prospect of completely excluding the Republicans from any influence in government must be a strong lure to the party which pretends it is "tolerant" (tolerant as long as you agree with them) and interested in "bipartisanship" (though Democrats define "bipartisan" as "we will let you vote yes on our bill after we exclude you from having any input").

    February 2, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  12. Flo

    I was hoping President Obama dropped him, this guy has some nerve making deals to keep his seat in the Republican party. Where is Fitzgerald when we need him? The governor should choose whomever he feels will be the best replacement for Gregg. I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired of Republican obstructionist....President Obama need to stop extending his hands to jerks who keep slapping his hand away. Next time pick a Democrat.

    February 2, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  13. steve

    Michael steelle:" Government does not create job"
    What a stupid remark to be made by the new RNC chairman.
    Somebody should give him a better and believable talking point for his new role

    February 2, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  14. gsiofy

    Gregg is over qualified for such post , a great man with great experience and sight , it is a lose for US senate

    February 2, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  15. flo

    when you don't have a job , 4% interest rate does not make a difference.

    February 2, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  16. Rick James

    Thanks for the 60 votes

    February 2, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  17. Val

    I'm very disturbed that your reporters and guests think it acceptable to refer to President Obama as Obama. He is our president and it is disrepectful to call him anything other than President Obama

    February 2, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  18. Hope

    Come-on lets appoint a Democrat.

    February 2, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  19. Sye the Pychic

    I see a fox guarding the hen house,something stinks here folks,and its not the cheese.

    February 2, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  20. dilmont

    The thought of a Republican in charge of Commerce is far from comforting.

    February 2, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  21. Tyler Derden

    As promised, the Team of Rivals. Obama continues to demonstrate his character and integrity. What a refreshing change.

    February 2, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  22. Chelle in Fla

    And here you had Republicans going mad on the blogs thinking Obama was trying to be strategic to get the magic 60 of Dems in the Senate. Why can't you just accept that he is really trying to work with everyone for the good of the country and do the same?

    Are you happy now!

    February 2, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  23. Sammy, NC

    right, now Dashle MisPaid Taxes.

    February 2, 2009 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  24. Eric

    What a waste. I hope Obama learns something from this.

    February 2, 2009 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  25. alvin

    I am very disappointed by this selection of Gregg as commerce secretary. I voted to keep the repukes out of the executive. Now we have 3 of them in the Obama Cabinet. Now what the?

    Maybe one of them is going to lose his job very soon. Neocon Robert Gates.

    February 2, 2009 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
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