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  Cabinet deal is set for Gregg
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Last EditedAJ  Feb 03, 2009 01:51am
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MediaNewspaper - Boston Globe
News DateTuesday, February 3, 2009 05:45:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionWASHINGTON - President Obama plans to nominate Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire for secretary of commerce today, a White House official said last night. John Lynch, New Hampshire's Democratic governor, strongly implied yesterday he would appoint a Republican to replace Gregg.

Lynch said that Gregg would only take the job on condition that a Republican be appointed to serve out his term, an assertion Gregg quickly confirmed. Lynch said he had spoken to Gregg, who would be the third Republican in Obama's Cabinet, and to the White House, and he seemed inclined to give the new president and the state's senior senator what they needed to make a deal.

"It is important that President Obama be able to select the advisers he feels are necessary to help him address the challenges facing our nation," Lynch said in a statement. "If President Obama does nominate Senator Gregg to serve as commerce secretary, I will name a replacement who will put the people of New Hampshire first and represent New Hampshire effectively in the US Senate."
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