February 12th, 2009
06:08 PM ET
5 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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  1. the other Dan

    Make Bill Maher the next commerce sec. Maybe he pays his taxes too. As Bill says, Obama is still learning.

    February 12, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  2. maria

    What is with this guy? Couldn't handle the approach to the Census that the White House is advocating? We are better off without him.

    February 12, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  3. Hope

    You just nailed your chances, we need Democrats to hit the 60 threshold to deliver Universal Health Care

    February 12, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  4. Barbara Wright

    My guess is that Gregg has been bullied into submission by the Limbaugh crowd.

    February 12, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  5. R in Maine

    Of course he is quitting service to his country. He is just a freaking republican, after all. He wanted to control the redistricting, and is not willing to play if he cannot be completely in control.

    February 12, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  6. Hope

    The Latinos have won tonight, he wanted to mess around with the censors.

    February 12, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  7. Edrita

    Roland Martin was absolutely correct. It is pointless to think President Obama can teach old Republican Dog new tricks. They will just roll over and play dead. The Republicans are bitter losers and will do anything to cause The President to fail. Even have a black heading their party.
    They don’t get it, The President was not elected because he was black, it was because He is so Smart! Stop trying to be fair to Repb’s and be the leader we elected. We trust him to select the right person for the job. Gregg is a trixter and it’s good he didn’t get the job.
    Forget partisan politics and get us out of this mess the Repb’s got us into. The President only have a hundred days to clear this up, otherwise we will all be in hell.
    Edrita, TX

    February 12, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  8. once upon a horse

    Let the door hit you where the good Lord split you!

    February 12, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  9. JON

    WHO CARES THE MAN HAS NO HONOR

    February 12, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  10. Bridg

    This loser knows the writing's on the wall. I can't wait for 2010 to get here so he and the other unpatriotic losers called Republicans can be voted out of offices once and for all.

    February 12, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  11. Proud American

    It just goes to show you that you cannot work with those Republican Idiots. Well lord we tried.

    February 12, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  12. usualone

    Just read a CNN article where the Republicans say that the Democrats are setting up the 2010 census. Seems to me they were responsible for states such as Texas being split so that there were more Republican-favored areas than in previous years. There is something fishy here for this guy withdrawing from Commerce. The Republicans are so "loud" and I hope the public doesn't fall into their trap. Everyone has to remember that they put us into this terrible economic situation plus the expensive Iraq war.

    February 12, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Turncoat.
    He withdrew after he spoke with is fellow obstructionists.
    And now they want to say Barack is inexperienced.

    Idiots.

    Lincoln too was inexperienced but he freed the slaves and reunited the Union with the Confederacy ( those freaking southern relatives of mine).

    Sigh.

    WHY DO REPUBLICANS HATE AMERICA? I DON'T UNDERSTAND.

    I WEEP FOR MY COUNTRY.

    February 12, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  14. Mac

    If he does run, the will be the number one Democratic target!

    February 12, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. jr

    blaming the stimulus is a farce. the basics of the stimulus have been know for quite some time. he obviously has something to hide or succumbed to pressure from his party.

    February 12, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. Marie R

    They republican senate can threaten their party members but their threats won't hurt the american people.Same old politics as usual .Those wealthy thugs that want us to beleive that they are for this president are lying through their teeth. Most of them are a bunch of snakes. McCain lost and they hate it.Just look back at all the dirt that was thrown at Obama during the campaign and yes Mccain's campaign was part of it but some of those snakes that you call republicans in senate also played a huge part the Rev Wright tapes just showing up after almost 2 years,Ayers,Acorn,false ads all of it.Just look where Lieberman is now backing the democrats as if he was with the party the entire time durung the campaign and it can be said he was the lead cobra.It will be the Obama administration and the democrats that will get the last laugh because the republicans are running out of lies and deceit and becomming so transparent to the american people.It is sad that these people will put politics before they very people that put them where they are today but my fellow americans.. democrats, republicans and independents that want to give Obama a chance please continue to hold on to faith and beleive that brighter days will come.There will continue to be people that want you to think Obama is not change but it is only those who do not seek change and will hate him regardless of what he good he does

    February 12, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  17. windrider

    I think Gregg did what he was told by Party leaders by withdrawing his name for nomination, but he's also expressing his disgust with the direction of the party by choosing not to run for re-election (as quite a few senators and representatives have done in the last 3 years). That doesn't necessarily mean that the Dems will capture his seat but let"s face it, Republican senators in the Northeast are becoming an endangered species.

    February 12, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  18. Marie R

    They republican senate can threaten their party members but their threats won't hurt the american people.Same old politics as usual .Those wealthy thugs that want us to beleive that they are for this president are lying through their teeth. Most of them are a bunch of snakes. McCain lost and they hate it.Just look back at all the dirt that was thrown at Obama during the campaign and yes Mccain's campaign was part of it but some of those snakes that you call republicans in senate also played a huge part.... the Rev Wright tapes just showing up after almost 2 years,Ayers,Acorn,false ads all of it.Just look where Lieberman is now backing the democrats as if he was with the party the entire time durung the campaign and it can be said he was the lead cobra.It will be the Obama administration and the democrats that will get the last laugh because the republicans are running out of lies and deceit and becomming so transparent to the american people.It is sad that these people will put politics before the very people that put them where they are today but my fellow americans.. democrats, republicans and independents that want to give Obama a chance please continue to hold on to faith and beleive that brighter days will come.There will continue to be people that want you to think Obama is not change but it is only those who do not seek change and will hate him regardless of what good he does

    February 12, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  19. Justin from New Haven, CT

    Good riddance.

    February 12, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  20. Simmy

    Fickleness is not an admirable quality – especially in a man.

    February 12, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  21. Rose

    I did not trust Gregg. I am glad to see him go! Mr. President, mark my word, You WILL suceed. The Republicans doesn't have a chance trying to stop you.

    February 12, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  22. zago

    He is angry. He wanted Obama to hire him as president. The commerce cabinet position is too small

    February 12, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  23. Penn Voter

    Way to go Gregg ! Tell him to take the job and stick where the sun don't shine.

    February 12, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  24. Conservatives are Dying, Liberals Turning 18

    What a spineless wimp this guy is. I think the Obama admin was spared a blunder by this silly little man's flameout.

    February 12, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  25. Rick Sutter

    Why do liberals hate America?

    February 12, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
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