Many of you may have heard by now that Republican Senator Judd Gregg from New Hampshire is the likely NObama pick for Secretary of Commerce. I am from N.H. and know the Senator slightly and know OF him quite well. He would be a GREAT pick for this position, however, our Governor is a Democrat, moderate, but still a Democrat. What a dilemma. As you might imagine, the left is already salivating at the prospects of 60 Senators. They might just be having an illusion however as the Governor and the Senator are rather friendly. I think if The Senator can get the Governor to agree to a Republican replacement (a good possibility), he can be trusted to keep his word. There are rumors that the Governor is considering a run for the Senate himself in 2010, and so it would make sense for him to appoint a Republican, especially one that he felt he could beat later on (read as a conservative!). Governor Lynch is a savvy politician and I think this will be the likely scenario.
Here is a link you should follow to get the story.
"Leading the pack to replace the fiscal conservative was his former chief of staff and a veteran of the Reagan White House, Bonnie Newman. Officials expect New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, would name her to fill the final two years of Gregg's term and then would not seek the seat for a full term in 2010."
Former Republican state House Speaker Doug Scamman, a Governor Lynch friend and ally is considered a good bet also. I personally would like to see him consider Warren Rudman, a former N.H. Senator and a true conservative.
I took the time tonight to rattle off an e-mail to the Senator expressing my concerns. If anyone from N.H. reads this, consider doing the same thing please. Here is my e-mail message:
Dear Senator Gregg:
It may be premature, but let me congratulate you for being considered for the position of Secretary of Commerce. It is a position that I know you would excel in. Your fiscal conservatism is just what the country needs right now. With that said however, I have to ask you please do not accept the position unless you have a guarantee from Governor Lynch that you will be replaced by a Republican.
Power in Washington is so lop-sided right now that we just cannot allow it to get worse. If you were to be replaced with a Democrat and if Franken ends up seated, I don't have to tell you how fast every liberal program the left is trying to get would be railroaded through.
Thank you so much for the consideration I know you will, and probably already are, giving this request.
Your long time supporter,
Joe (omitted last name for blog)
I am planning to e-mail the Governor also. We in N.H. are mostly moderate people. The parties have their differences, but, for the most part we do actually get along. I even voted for this Democrat Governor. The Republican just didn't cut it for me.