Obama may name GOP Senator Judd Gregg (NH) as Secretary of Commerce

Hot news from Capitol Hill via Roll Call (sub. req.):

The Obama administration has been floating the idea of naming Republican Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.) to be Commerce Secretary, several Senate sources said Thursday.

The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Gregg’s nomination was far from a done deal, but remains a serious possibility. Reached by phone, Gregg, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, said he had no comment on whether he has been in talks with the White House about the post.

Of course, what makes it even more interesting, is this:

New Hampshire’s governor is a Democrat, who would be able to name Gregg’s replacement. That pick could give the party a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority in the chamber if Democrat Al Franken is also ultimately named the winner in the contested Minnesota Senate race.

This kind of bi-partisanship works for me.


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