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.

Filed under: Obama administration
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. fmr. Hillary Supporter now for McCain

    Sounds like the 60 fillibuster proof majority that Obama wants is now in the works. NOT!


    February 3, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. Lipstick on a Pig

    This is a quid pro quo ... not very different at it's core from Blagoiviech.

    February 3, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. TrueIndependent

    Republicans continue to underestimate the President. He is a strategist, they are tacticians. Those with vision are better achievers, go ask McCain and Hillary.

    February 3, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. fmr. Hillary Supporter now for McCain

    By the way, James I agree with you 100 percent.

    February 3, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. Deborah

    I think from the way he looks after two weeks of being the Prez, he wishes he wasn't!

    He just found out the hard way "present" doesn't work anymore!

    I really love the way he lowered himself to fight with Rush!

    They are both complete ego maniac losers!

    Picks crooks for positions, tried to sell a PORK Bill as A Stimulus!

    It is going to be a long four years! Just like the long Carter years!

    February 3, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. Rob

    Um, you have a Republican Senator from a mostly democratic state. He's keeping with the will of the people by selecting another republican to take Gregg's place.

    If he appointed a democrat to take the place, he would have felt the wrath come election time (and probably still will anyway.

    February 3, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. Much better

    Pay attention here Gov. Patterson, this is how you announce a nominee. Not in a drawn out process lasting months, but rather in day. Just makes Patterson look all the more incompetent.

    February 3, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. Independent_me

    OK, Obama –
    After this...enough already!
    The Republicans have no desire to work with you, despite what they say.
    You don't need to bring any more of them in your cabinet – they are way too extreme for the country. You mean well, but they are setting you up for failure big time! Enough with the kumbayah, already!

    February 3, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. GuyInVA

    Proud Liberal, you have no idea what any Republican, or any other Democrat would have done in the same situation. You only know what you would do, which according to your post, would be to break your promise. You have certainly earned your name.

    February 3, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. Virginia Veterans

    Gregg is the third Republican in Obama's cabinet. I think it's a great idea and Obama is going to do some great things for our country.

    February 3, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. tim

    Since I don't want to go google Bonnie Newman, a relavant fact for your audiance would be whether or not she is a republican.

    Reporting 101, put in the pertinent facts.

    February 3, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. John G

    Frankly, the people of New Hampshire elected a Republican to the office, they should get a Republican who is similar to Gregg in position and ideology.

    Newman served as Gregg's chief of staff in the 80's and has experience dealing with the White House from the George H.W. Bush's administration. It was a good pick that reflects the desires of the people of his state and puts someone with experience in government in a position where she may be able to do some good.

    To those who say she is simply a place holder, get over it. She hasn't done anything as a Senator yet and until she does she should not be judged.

    February 3, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Specific to Eric,

    Gregg was considered one of the most vulnerable senators for re-election for 2010. Governor Lynch not only gave him a face-saving way out of a bad situation, he ALSO provided Gregg's heir apparent with the added cache of incumbency when/if she decides to run in 2010.

    The Democrats would have been better of with a vulnerable Gregg in the Senate with the knowledge that we could defeat him in 2010 than to have a newly-appointed Republican in the seat who is an unknown and possibly dangerous commodity.

    Yes...it is appropriate to question the judgement of John Lynch in this situation.

    February 3, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  14. kip

    because Gregg will be a good commerce secretary. and to use the opportunity to take a senate seat, which was legitimately won by a republican, would be dirty politics. i'm proud of Obama, Gregg, and Lynch for working out this deal. screw partisan politics.

    February 3, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. Simmy

    What was the purpose for selecting him? What about a Native American? They, as far as I know, are not represented.

    February 3, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  16. Bipartisan

    Hey Partisans-

    The American public is mainly centrist in their political views. Your parties both exist because of this. The Republicans messed up and were punished. Dems better not get too cocky or we will do the same to you.

    I am behind Obama. But if he screws up we'll send him to live with Bush in Texas.

    Time for America to rule, not idiot partisans!!!!!

    February 3, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. 2Young2Vote-OR

    i wish he woulda thought a little longer on this, but I mostly hope that this senator is the right person, because afterall we are not the red states of America or the blue states of America, we are the united states of America. Party affiliation doesnt matter

    February 3, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  18. redneck in nyc

    republicans would never do this in a zillion years, yet they still accuse Obama of partisanship...i'm beginning to think they dont know what the word means. has ANY republican in the last 40 years ever actually taken responsibilty and admitted they made a mistake, like Obama did with daschle? of course not. GOP=lost and looking for someone else to blame, as usual.

    February 3, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |


    February 3, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  20. cate

    She's just a filler for two years because she wasn't going to win reelection anyway....this was a good move on the Governor's part because the people will get to elect their next Senator, which will be a Democrat...this takes the wind out of the sails of the Republicans, who would have had a cow if he had picked a Democrat...all of the pundits say that the Republicans are going to lose more seats in 2010 including New Hampshire and Missouri....great move on the Governor's part 🙂

    February 3, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. Ex-pat Granite Stater in Iowa

    President Obama has made a fine decision on Commerce and applause to Governor Lynch on his choice of Bonnie Newman as NH's junior senator. Way to go!

    February 3, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  22. JonPeter

    Obama may very likely wind up with something more valuable than a filibuster proof 60 seat Democratic Senate. he is probabaly going to wind up with a 60+ seat bipartisan Senate.

    The country is more moderate than either left or right and more moderate Republicans are going to join the administration as they grow disgusted with the partisan right.

    Republicans have little choice if they want to be the 2nd major party, either move to the center, which they seem to doing with recent choices for the RNC, or see moderates bolt to a 3rd growing center party.

    Both the right wing and left wing need to understand they have minority viewpoints and the moderate center usually provides the swing votes. After years of wandering in the desert, a significant number of Democrats got the message. The 2008 election reflects this change.

    Time for socially progressive, fiscally moderate Republicans to sieze the party back from the right. We are all Americans first. Moderate participation will help shape the Obama administrations policy. Those who fail to understand that will be voted out of office and marginalized.

    February 3, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  23. Carlos M

    A diplomatic and honorable move by both Lynch and Obama. I remain skeptical, however, that Republicans can ever be non-partisan. Obama should start using his communication skills to build public pressure on the Republicans to stop playing party politics and start doing something good and right for the country.

    February 3, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  24. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    a shout out to simmy who was wondering "What was the purpose for selecting him?"

    Duh, because the man has the skills to do the job! Because Obama is looking for the best people he can get and unlike the narrow minded purely partisan republicans, Obama will add talented people from both parties.

    Democratic Governor Lynch, knowing the republicans would not "allow" Gregg to take the position if he wasn't replaced by a republican – as usual always putting party before country.

    February 3, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  25. Mississippi Mike

    Great! This is some really good political news. Partisanship is what keeps our lawmaking sane. When two sides are pulling for different objectives and neither side wins out completely, everyone wins. When we have bipartisan landslide votes like the war in Iraq or the first stimulus package, the results are terrible.

    February 3, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
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