GOP's Sen. Gregg could be Commerce Secretary by Monday

Jake Tapper:

An Obama administration official tells ABC News that Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., is now the leading candidate for Commerce Secretary and could be announced as soon as Monday.

Gregg would be at least the third Republican to join the Obama administration, joining the ranks of Transportation Secretary and former GOP congressman Ray LaHood and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. (The political party of National Security Advisor and retired Army General Jim Jones is unclear, though he is a longtime friend of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and appeared at a McCain campaign event.)


However The Hill reports that Gregg will not take the job if it will give the Democrats a 60 seat margin in the Senate. That would mean the Democrat governor of New Hampshire would have to agree to name a Republican to take his place. That seems unlikely. Either choice would roil New Hampshire politics.


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