February 12th, 2009
06:08 PM ET
9 years ago

Gregg 'probably' won't seek re-election in 2010

Gregg said he will leave the Senate after three terms.

Gregg said he will leave the Senate after three terms.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Judd Gregg made clear Thursday he would rather serve in the Senate than in the Obama administration, but the New Hampshire Republican said he “probably” will not seek a fourth term next year.

“Will I run? Probably not,” Gregg said at a press conference after withdrawing from the Commerce post. Gregg also told the New Hampshire Union-Leader earlier in the day that he does not intend to seek re-election.

If that’s true, it likely comes as good news to New Hampshire Rep. Paul Hodes, the Democratic congressman who emerged as a frontrunner for the seat after Gregg first decided to take the Commerce job. Hodes announced his intention to run for the Senate seat last week.

But if Gregg has a change of heart and decides to run again in 2010, Hodes has a tougher road ahead. According to an American Research Group poll released in late December, Gregg held a 47-40 lead in a hypothetical match-up with the congressman.

Even before Gregg said Thursday he won’t run again - but after he turned down the president - Hodes made it clear he still wants the seat.

“I will be a candidate for the United State Senate in 2010,” Hodes said in a statement Thursday afternoon. “I look forward to working every day to stand up for New Hampshire as we come together to confront the economic crisis facing our nation.”

Hodes would still need to secure the Democratic nomination, and may face a primary challenge from Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, who is mulling her own bid.

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soundoff (152 Responses)
  1. mark from NY

    you better not to.

    February 12, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  2. Ajax

    Smart move by Gregg.

    No sense in being a part of the wasteful stimulus bill championed by the WH. Nor is there in sense in letting the President take over the Census. Things are obviously being run the "Chicago way" in DC right now. As someone who grew up watching Cook County / Chicago politics all I can say is: told you so.

    February 12, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. mary

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — A Democratic source close to the Obama White House said Thursday that Judd Gregg "campaigned for the job" — that the New Hampshire senator had asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to approach the president about the Commerce post.

    Gregg "sat with [Obama], said he wanted the job, knew his policies and erratically dropped out without warning," said the source, minutes after the Republican senator announced his withdrawal from consideration.

    UPDATE: A Democratic source confirms to CNN that Harry Reid approached White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel about Gregg for Commerce Secretary.

    February 12, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  4. Tom Insko

    A conservative in a far left administration is obviously "not a good fit." Is it too late for Geithner to quit and open the job for someone who has a clue like Governor Corzine? At least Obama has accomplished making Carter look good. May God save the Republic from this inept, inexperienced band of Chicago back-benchers.

    February 12, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. Isaac

    Ha! He doesn't want to run again, because he knows he's going to lose! I should know, I live in NH! Republicans are finished in this state!

    February 12, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. concernedinTexas

    I wonder what the RNC had on this guy? After being all smushy with the President, NOW he want's to get out...reminds me of a scam pulled by the RNC.

    February 12, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. David, Vancouver, WA

    I'm glad the REAL Judd Gregg has emerged. The real Gregg turns an honor into a political backstabbing game. Just like a cut-and-run and do-nothing Republican. Good riddance!

    February 12, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. Cynthia - Arkansas

    He's scared of Rush and the other hit squad, I mean Republicans. They have already threatened anyone who supports the stimulus plan. They would tear you to shreds if you actually took a cabinet seat.

    February 12, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  9. Pierre Podo

    That was the right thing to do. He felt his Republican friends in Senate, did not appreciate his appointment to the Post of Commerce Secretary. They showed their discontent by not supporting Obama's plan. It was even voiced that the Republicans were planing to Block his appointment at the Senate . Did you hear that? Obama should get a Chinese or a Muslin American for that post. These two cultures are better for commercial relationship with the USA than a saddened senator worried by his loosing parties action.

    February 12, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  10. Ellie, MD

    2010 will be the "DEFINING MOMENT" for the Republicans. They have continued to back stab the American people for far too long.

    And now that the American people needed them to STEP UP and fight for them, what did they do? They voted NO.





    NOW it's time the American people send the GOP another message of...




    February 12, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  11. Sniffit


    February 12, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. Lee

    Obviously he is upset with Obama.

    February 12, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. JayJay


    February 12, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  14. The Lady

    Watch all the President Obama haters are going to say the reason he is not running for senate in 2010 is because of President Obama. The republicans are a bunch of sore losers, McCain is behind all of this.

    February 12, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. Obama 2.0


    February 12, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. Glenn, Cary, NC

    I wonder what the real reason was for going back on his word. It sure wasn't principle.

    February 12, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  17. chuck


    February 12, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  18. tee

    SEE YA, DON'T WANT TO BE YA!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. Political Queen

    Okay! Enough, President Obama has tried the whole inclusion thing, but to no avail. Let's get this party on the road and put people who are 100% on board with the President's agenda. The Republicans have this thing twisted, they're a bunch of spoiled brats. All gripes and no solutions. They'll face a lot of backlash for their inability to look beyond their political careers and put their constituents first! Forget about it!

    February 12, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  20. Felicia

    I think the repigs are racist animals and i'm tired of trying to justify why the white people acting so ignorant, you people that mad because we have a AA President it's just a shame.

    February 12, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  21. David in West Virginia

    Senator Gregg Judd just showed the American people that he is typical republican who is out to undermine the Obama Presidency. It was very foolish of Senator Judd to bow out as Commerce Secretary after he lobbied for the position; that being said, it is better now than later. Let's just hope that President Obama learns his lesson and does not seek another republican for his cabinet.

    They do not believe in bi-partisanship as a whole. It's interesting that two senators from Maine and women in the Republican party would have the decency to work in a bipartisan manner with Pres. Obama. They are the real leaders of the republican party. Thank you goes to Senators Collins and Snowe.

    February 12, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  22. Jane

    Gee a politician who actually stands on his morals. What a refeshing change. Lets see what office he runs for next. Guess trying to "give" a job to a republican to tilt the scales didn't work in this case OB

    February 12, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  23. Wally

    Gregg is a confused person that will not sacrifice his party ego for the sake of his nation. He has decided to join his bunch of loosers.

    February 12, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  24. Texas Teacher

    No problem.... I say forget the Republicans! They will smile at your face and laugh at your back! They deserve exactly what they gave Democrats.... to hell with bi partisanship!

    February 12, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  25. j

    Gregg knows he will lose in 2010.

    February 12, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
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