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. LG in Atlanta

    Judd Greg woke up just in time. This administration is a farce and has no interest in bi-partisanship. I had hopes initially but after 3 weeks, Obama is more of the same old Washington......only much, much worse. Time to think about 2012. Isn't there any honest people in office anymore?

    February 12, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. Bankrupt in Tx

    Symantec boss John Thompson is on a two-person shortlist to fill the role of the next US Commerce Secretary.
    Former Time Warner chairman Richard Parsons is reportedly the other person on the Commerce Secretary shortlist.

    February 12, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. Sunshine

    God Bless you Pres. Obama. Better without him.

    February 12, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  4. dele

    hmmm, something fishy here. Please CNN investigate to see that the guy was not treatened to withdraw.
    I smell something here. Please Investigate.

    February 12, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  5. Jerry in NC

    This is a clear example to ALL of the american people. The republican party and their elected officials in Washington are concerned ONLY about politics, winning and fighting the democrats. They care nothing about the very critical condition of their country and doing what is right to fix it! That "excuse for a man" asked for the job and then backed out after pressure from his political party. In my opinion, President Obama needs to scrap the idea of bipartisanship and just do whatever is needed to help put his country back on track. It's obvious, that the republicans are going to do all they can to obstruct and sabotage the president's efforts, every chance they get. The republican party.....the part of the people????? WHAT A JOKE!!!!

    February 12, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    your a fool at 50 forever

    February 12, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  7. Apples for sale

    Republicans and General Custer have alot in common,they were both braggerts and got their due.

    February 12, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. paul

    I think that people should see this as a sign that there is not much CHANGE happening within this new president's office or the democratic party. Greg is an INDEPENDENT who is also a republican. His decisions were definitely based on his personal views and not the party of his choice forcing him to drop out.

    We need to look at this as something important to look at!

    February 12, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. Elmer

    This seems like another case of Obama seeming to reach out to Republicans with his feigned bipartisanship since his underlying theme is "I want your input ....... but only if you agree with me." His lack of executive branch experience is becoming more evident everyday....Senators talk, Presidents walk the walk. Believe me, we all want him to understand this sooner than later ... for all of our sakes.

    February 12, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  10. Dan

    Gregg, It was was a smart decision to leave Barack alone. We cannot believe in his change. We are going down the hill. I wish you all the best and hope you will keep your senate seat in 2010. We are all with you.

    February 12, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. Diane

    Gregg a man to be admired. He thought of his coutry first not the beltway and himself. Stand up for New Hampshire as we come together to confront the economic crisis facing our nation. Do not spend your $1.86 a day all in one place.

    February 12, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. Janice

    Hopefully President Obama will see that he just can't make the other side happy, they are impossible to work with. Rahm Emanuel should tell the Pres what he would say to them; F#$% them! Get this country back on track Mr President with them or without them!

    February 12, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  13. Blake Southwood

    I suppose it's better to step down then for Judd Gregg to
    fail miserably at the post so I appreciate his willingness
    to step down rather then carry through with the job.
    When you know you know. And this will ultimately be
    better for America and for President Obama and Vice
    Prisident Biden.

    February 12, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  14. S Callahan

    lol and you really believe that......

    more like a fire briming towards his face screaming get out or else!

    February 12, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. michelle

    this makes me wonder if there isnt some kind of conspiracy within the republicans to try and make President Obama look badly
    they are just jealous bc he got elected and bc he is so popular and
    in my opinion this makes Gregg look bad and the republicans NOT President Obama and his administration
    Gregg knew from the beginning what this presidents policies were so give me a break!!
    The republicans and a lot of talking heads need to grow up

    February 12, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  16. PC

    Apples for sale February 12th, 2009 7:49 pm ET
    Republicans and General Custer have alot in common


    Please explain, "Apples," HOW SO? Of course, you can't/won't!!!!!!!!! Just spouting garbage.

    February 12, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. James

    Someone please tell the Democratic posters here that they already have control of the White House, the House of Reps and the Senate.

    They should be happy and not foolishly whining all the time. Isn't three government entities enough control for you guys? Must you insist that everyone become a robot and think like you too?

    You would think that you could actually accomplish something with that much power, but all I ever hear is whining and complaining and an obsession with republicans and what we are doing, or worse, that we don't want to think and live like you do.

    f you don't like how we live, live your own way, but don't try to make us do it too.

    Get a real life and actually accomplish something with the power God is allowing you to have right now. Otherwise, he may take it back and return it to us in a couple of years. Don't you want to say you actually did something while you had the power?

    February 12, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  18. Matt

    I hope the President now realises that it's past time to leave republicans in the rear-view mirror. Why he thought it was a good idea to get involved with these people I will never know.

    February 12, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  19. PC

    Cynthia – Arkansas February 12th, 2009 6:44 pm ET
    He's scared of Rush and the other hit squad, I mean Republicans. They have already threatened anyone who supports the stimulus plan.
    How so, Cynthia – Arkansas? Surely you can explain, right?

    February 12, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  20. big papa

    I long for the day (may it be soon)...

    ...when we can all speak of CONSERVATIVES and REPUBLICANS...

    ...in the PAST TENSE!

    February 12, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  21. rich

    He did the country a favor. For God Sakes to be nominated for the Commerce Secretary and don't vote for the administration stimulus plan is the height of partisan politics. I say good riddance. He should have not been nominated in the first place. I for one was not comfortable with his prior political positions.

    February 12, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  22. Meka



    February 12, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    Ashamed yet NH?

    February 12, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  24. Harry

    The timing of this is unbelievable....

    This is lincon's Bday and lincon freed the slaves....

    There was a ceremony of lincon bday today....

    Can we say this is racism of the highest order?

    February 12, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  25. rc

    As a moderate republican (who voted Obama), reading the comments on these boards is getting sickening. Yes, republicans had control for the last 8 years but not anymore. Eventually that talking point is going to mean nothing and Pres. Obama's administration and supporters are going to have to stand up on their own. I just hope they do it with respect instead of the condescending comments I've been reading. Republicans are guilty of the same things, but it's clear to me that Pres. Obama's biggest weakness will eventually be all of you who feel entitled to talk down to everyone else because your "savior" is finally in power. A "me first!" and "republicans suck!" America... change you can really believe in...

    February 12, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
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