February 3rd, 2009
05:20 PM ET
9 years ago

Newman picked to replace Gregg in Senate

WASHINGTON (CNN) - New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch officially picked Bonnie Newman Tuesday to replace Sen. Judd Gregg, who was nominated to be Commerce Secretary in President Obama’s administration.

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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Rob

    A man of his word. I like that.

    February 3, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  2. A Republican

    I disagree with Gregg for this position. He tried to do away with this very department's existence in government in the past and now he says he can lead it? Why the departure of that position now...because he gets to be the leader of it?

    This nomination does not make any sense, and I am a republican. I could go with the "party line," but we have had enough of that in Washington, in my opinion.

    February 3, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  3. Al McMullin

    Can someone please explain how this whole scheme does NOT fit into the same sort of "pay to play" category as the Illinois debacle?

    February 3, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. Chris in Va.

    @ legal in nc.....savor that bottle of champaigne you popped to celebrate.....it will be your last for quite some time.

    February 3, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  5. Go Obama!

    GOPs, you're not "winning" anything. Obama is letting you play using "Special Olympics" rules.

    February 3, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  6. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Think this was a fair and bipartisan judgment and I am a Dem. You can speculate whether the Reps would have done the same thing (Arnie didn't in CA) but that's irrelevant. It shows character and believe the citizens of NH will respect that next election. Obama's goal is not to have a lock step congress but to actually build consensus. Gov Lynch should be applauded on both sides of the aisle.

    February 3, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  7. welches, oregon

    Obama – what are you doing? We elected you do get your job done. Now you've just made another blunder. Why is a 'stipulation' that if you appoint this rep. senator as Commerce sec. that the Dem. Gov. of NH appoint a republican to replace him? Isn't that some form of 'pay for play". It's just the same old same old we've always had. I am beginning to doubt if anything will change. Meanwhile, people lose their jobs, lose their homes, lose their lives while you guys play politics. Just goes to show NO ONE in the Government cares about regular ordinary people or their nation. I've lost heart.

    February 3, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  8. Greg

    a sordid deal by gov lynch with gregg and obama to keep the seat republican. lynch rewards an old crony and shows he is really a republican. another placeholder until 2010 in a party out of ideas and out of gas.

    February 3, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  9. Marion

    I'm an Obama supporter, and I have no problem with this. Obama wanted Gregg for the job, Gregg didn't want to take it if that would mean it would be a loss in the Senate for his party, so a deal was reached whereby his replacement would be a Republican. No, there was no legal obligation for the governor to honor the deal, but not doing so would have been quite dishonorable. Would a Republican governor have done the same? I don't know, but when was the last time you saw a president appoint a Cabinet member from outside his own party? The point is to raise the bar of political conduct to a point where doing the right thing, regardless of party ideology, is the norm instead of the exception.

    February 3, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  10. German,Irish American

    Question, why would Obama appoint a republican to his cabinet? Answer- He needed one token honest person in his cabinet and no democrats qualified.

    February 3, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  11. bs

    What President Obama and the Congress need to have is a prayer meeting similair to when Nixon and Kissinger got on their knees to pray in the oval office.

    February 3, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  12. Pat Dunedin Fl

    Extremely Disappointing, Any Extra Money I have will be used to
    unseat Republicans and my other Florida friends feel the same
    way. This was a jesture to the Republicans that got our economy
    in this mess under Bush. Any Republican could not make a
    blemish on Obama!!!!!!

    February 3, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  13. American Voice

    Excellent handling of the matter. Thanks President Obama!

    February 3, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  14. SueB

    Clinton had one GOP and Bush had one Dem cabinet member, so Obama is not breaking ground. Actually many presidents have had a cabinet member from the opposite party. Obama will have 2 GOP, so I guess that's better then the others. Gates is a moderate independent, not a GOP. Generally Governors do replace a Congress person who is no longer able to serve for whatever reason with someone from that person's party. Many a GOP Governor has appointed a Dem Senator or Representative and many a Dem Governor has appointed a GOP Senator or Representative.

    February 3, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  15. John G


    Obama has to go outside of his party to fill his cabinet.

    He can't find enough Democrats who pay their taxes and are qualified to serve.

    February 3, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
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