February 1, 2009
HOW A DEMOCRAT GETS TO GOVERN A RED STATE:
NH pols discussing Bonnie Newman as possible Gregg stand-in (Lisa Wangsness, January 31, 2009, Boston Globe)
A new name is circulating among New Hampshire politicians as a likely pick to replace US Senator Judd Gregg if he is appointed Commerce Secretary: J. Bonnie Newman, a Republican with close ties to both Gregg and the state's Democratic governor, John Lynch, and extensive Washington experience. [...]
But would a Democratic governor really appoint a Republican, especially when Gregg's departure opens the possibility of Democrats gaining a 60-vote supermajority in the Senate?
This one might. Lynch casts himself as a bipartisan politician. He appointed Republicans as his attorney general and commissioner of Environmental Services, and he endorsed a GOP state senator over a Democratic challenger (and longtime state representative) last year.
He stayed out of the presidential primary (he did take the stage with John McCain when he appeared in Hopkinton, Lynch's hometown) and he played a low-profile role in the presidential general election, even though New Hampshire was a closely fought battleground state.
Senator Gregg should hold out for AG Kelly Ayotte. Posted by Orrin Judd at February 1, 2009 9:45 AM