February 3rd, 2009
05:20 PM ET
6 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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  1. BB

    (She won't run for re-election - just a place-holder).

    February 3, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. BB

    I'd show up every day for 2 years and do nothing - for that salary.

    February 3, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Mike Dallas

    To all you dittoheads that were yammerin' about the Dems governors appointing 'place holders" Senators for the states of Illnois and New York and complaining that even though the states could not afford it wanted a special election to fill the vacancy.

    What do you call the appointment of Gregg's repub replacement by a repub?

    Just so you do not have to think, as it may cause your tiny brains to explode and then who would post comments on this thread for comic relief.

    The answer is a "place holder" Senator. Where is all the pi$$in' and moanin' now? Always changes when it is your side.

    For the record this Dem thinks President Obama should follow the head of the RNC's comment that "bi-partisanship is overrated" and Obama should not reach to repubs and make this appointment.

    However, Obama is a better man and he continues to fight for the American people and not JUST his party.

    See how that whole bi-partisanship thingy is supposed to work?

    February 3, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. Bill

    Question why would a Dem Gov. appoint a Republican. The last thing we need in Washington D.C. is another no vote for everything.

    February 3, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Bad idea. If even ONE judicial nominee gets held up by a Republican filibuster – after the Democrats had a chance reach a filibuster-proof majority – we Democrats should actively campaign for whatever candidate is willing to run against Lynch in the primaries to get him out of the governors mansion!

    February 3, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Larry

    It is a personal matter between her and her husband, "let he whom has sinned cast the first stone".

    February 3, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. geewhiz

    Boy, this first 100 days has NOT gone well for Mr. Obama. His campaign was flawless; his management so far has been terrible.

    February 3, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. Larry

    It is a F@#^&*g very valuable thing and the republicans were not going to just give it away. That's why the democratic govenor had to pick a republican to replace Sen. Gregg.

    February 3, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. not a little sad, actually quite happy

    Is this me or is this precipitous? What if he doesn't get confirmed?

    February 3, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. Brian Salerno

    And Gregg putting conditions on his nomination is different than Blagojevich trying to "sell" Obama's seat how?

    I'm seriously dissapointed with this display of backroom game playing.

    February 3, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. Matt

    Wait wait...let's see if I can be as crazy as a GOPer:

    Newman? NEWMAN!!!??? Next thing you know Obama is going to appoint The Soup Nazi as Daschle's replacement for HHS. See, we told you he was a muslim terrorist sympathizer, hated the Jews and would ruin Israel. Typical Chicago German cronyism. Can't you see he's trying to socialize the country like a Marxist and ban chocolate pudding? You libs are so blind.

    February 3, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. CA Indie for Obama

    it was part of the deal for Gregg to accept the post. Gregg told Gov Lynch he would not accept unless he was promised a repub would be appointed so there would not be a filibuster-proof 60 dems in the Senate. A bit transparent end run by Pres Obama, but it the pick was for the best available person for the post, the replacement would not matter, theoretically, to the Pres.

    February 3, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. Proud Liberal

    I understand the whole 'deal' behind Gregg joining Obama 's administration, but this was the time to break that 'promise' (which is what the Republicans would do if the facts were reversed.)

    February 3, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  14. Jr of Ca

    Gregg was more concerned about his Senate than becoming Commerce Secretary. So, why do we want him in the Commerce dept because of that reason? The Govenor made a poor decision by agreeing to this deal for Gregg. He should have told Gregg to decide on the job regardless of what happens to your Senate seat. FYI- The Democrats are in charge now!

    February 3, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. JAMES

    Because the Governor was thinking correctly!

    February 3, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. BB

    Dems will win that senate slot in 2 years. She's a place-holder

    (I would have held the place for 2 years – do nothing but vote no like all the other republicans and get that salary).

    February 3, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  17. Eric

    He would appoint a Republican because Gregg would not accept the position unless another Republican took his place. Gregg is clearly aware that he could have been the cause of the filibuster proof majority, and he wouldn't let it happen. John Lynch had no choice but to pick another Republican, so don't start running your mouth and accuse him of being disloyal to his own party.

    February 3, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. legal in nc

    Republicans Win !! ! ! ! ! ! !

    Get over it ! ! ! !

    February 3, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. David Buchanan

    This deal was obviously cleared by the administration. So if you don't like the deal, did you not understand President Obama?

    Four years ago, at the DNC Convention, he spoke of one United States of America – not a red or blue one. Did you not believe him? Did you think he was lying?

    February 3, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  20. Bob

    Bill February 3rd, 2009 5:40 pm ET
    Question why would a Dem Gov. appoint a Republican. The last thing we need in Washington D.C. is another no vote for everything.
    -------–
    Duh! Probably because Gregg is a Republican. Probably because Obama's and Clinton's replacements were ALSO Democrats replacing Democrats. Got a problem with that?

    February 3, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  21. Bipartisanship

    Hey partisans.........

    HAHAHA!

    Now is the time for Americans to rule. Not idiot partisans.

    February 3, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  22. yasmine

    I think Franken might be the saving grace

    February 3, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  23. goodhair and polarbarbie?

    Good move mr. President,one move closer to checkmate.

    February 3, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. Humored In Texas

    It's the honorable thing to do as the constituency elected a Republican, a Republican should replace him.

    GOP are you watching?! Because you would never do this in a million years!!! I know because you've had the chance before and done the partisan thing!

    February 3, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  25. fmr. Hillary Supporter now for McCain

    SOUNDS GOOD TO ME!

    February 3, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
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