February 12th, 2009
05:13 PM ET
6 years ago

Gregg decision came after talks with GOP leaders

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A Republican aide familiar with Judd Gregg's decision to withdraw from consideration says the New Hampshire senator has been privately consulting with GOP leaders about this move for the “past couple of days” before making final decision today.

And a Republican source close to Gregg says the "census tipped things," adding to increasing "worries about his seat at the table" - that Gregg might be marginalized “basically if on any issue important to Democratic constituencies they are on one side and Judd is on the other, he is muted.

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  1. joe

    He is a rich Moron who just wanted to do just that!

    February 12, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. arithmetic is liberal

    The Republicans are like the Mafia.

    February 12, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. Dave

    It is depressing to listen to our media....It is really depressing!!

    February 12, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. Deb

    The GOP are nothing but robots who can't think for themselves. They need Rush, Ann, Sean and Scarbrough...Don't forget Rove

    February 12, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. TjayeInLA

    What? A Republican thinking of the party first and not what he could do to improve his country. Why...I've never HEARD of such a thing.

    I swear...Republicans just suck the sarcasm right out of me.

    February 12, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. tess

    finally – a man of principle!!!!!!! he didn't accept the job with full understanding (not unlike everybody else around because o'bama isn't telling all the truth) congratulations mr. gregg for doing what is right and standing true to yourself and those who elected you! i wish i could vote for you in 2010 but i will certainly send money for your re-election – we need about 50 more men of your character!!

    February 12, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. The Lady

    I heard last week that Judd Gregg was being named as a person of interest in another politician on trial, could this be the reason?

    February 12, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. not now

    He didn't seem like a good fit anyway. I'm sure he'd have a hard time chanting the Repub "no to everything" as part of the Obama cabinet.

    February 12, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. Tim

    What a loser!

    February 12, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Gregg recused himself from the last vote because of his nomination.

    Kennedy is announced to be missing from the next vote due to his illness.

    Gregg drops nomination.

    Follow the bouncing ball people.

    February 12, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. Clinton, NV

    I wasn't in the room when he took it but for him to talk with GOP leadership after he accepted the nomination and then make political considerations rather than consider the ramifications of his decision before the acceptance seems a little wrong. Accept and take what you are given or don't accept the terms of the appointment. There is no question there is blame to be had by Obama and the White House but what I think it does is make Gregg look like a two-faced jerk.

    February 12, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. joe

    "He is a rich Moron who just wanted to do just that!"

    Yes, he is. I would also be willing to bet he can put together a coherent sentence

    February 12, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Obama sets a new record for people who withdrew before confirmation. It must be that ;'superior' judgement of his. Barry won't let Gregg run the census because he wants to count all the illegals as US citizens and skew Congressional seats.

    February 12, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. Seattle Sue

    Republican strategy, anything they can do to obstruct. This man should have known weeks ago that he did not agree with Obama.

    February 12, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  15. NoLeftTurn

    Don't worry, everything will be controlled by the white house soon. Chicago comes to Washington. You liberal morons can't wait.

    February 12, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. elsie

    We will just have to wait and see. There is some kind of investigation involving a former aide and Jack Abramoff. Apparently the aide made promises on behalf of the Senator.

    February 12, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  17. Sammy

    aaaahhh what the heck! Obama will do just fine without this Rethug... no worries Barry, we are with u on this...

    February 12, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. Mutullah

    When these people bow out, this simply rids the administration of week and questionable links. There will be nothing to stop progress and change. The power of this land is with the Commander In Chief.

    February 12, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. Obama MamaMan

    Yeah! Republicans are so dumb. They are like dumber than dumb. They like, uh, don't even know how to spell piece...

    February 12, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  20. Ramon Chicago

    Thank to Rush Limbaugh Party

    February 12, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  21. jeff cooper

    This idiot knew weeks ago that he wasnt a fit, he is a typical puke obstructionist.....Obama should just say to hell with the gop and stop trying to be nice and the dems and obama should just push it through.... 2010 looks like we will need to fire more republicans, maybe then they will get a clue

    February 12, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. John

    This is ever so typical for the republican party. Never willing to work with anyone else... it's their way or the highway.

    February 12, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  23. mark from NY

    he redraws not because the census but because obama is black. he does feel working with a black human being. stupid republican!!!!!!1

    February 12, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. Silvio Renzulli

    My feeling is Senator Gregg put politics above country and my sense is good riddance!

    February 12, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. davidpollan

    Is Gregg's withdrawal really a surprise to anyone?..the hysterics in the GOP right wing base are threatening any sitting member of Congress with all out retribution next election for any cooperation with Obama and the Dems. Gregg is scared for his seat and continuing employment...what the hell else is he going to do?...Fox Network can only hire so many otherwise out of work right wing hacks

    February 12, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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