Thursday, February 5, 2009

"NH Governor names Bonnie Newman to take Senator Judd Gregg seat"

Republican takes Gregg's Senate seat
Norma Love and Holly Ramer ASSOCIATED PRESSWednesday, February 4, 2009

President Obama and Vice President Biden welcomed their Commerce Sec. nominee Sen. Judd Gregg, R-NH, to the White House in a presentation in the Grand Foyer. Tuesday, February 3, 2009 (Mary F. Calvert / The Washington Times)
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) Democratic Gov. John Lynch on Tuesday named Republican Bonnie Newman as his pick for the U.S. Senate, a selection that allows departing GOP Sen. Judd Gregg to become U.S. commerce secretary without handing his old Democratic colleagues a filibuster-proof majority.
The New Hampshire governor's announcement Tuesday that the businesswoman and former government official would become senator came hours after President Barack Obama nominated Gregg to the commerce post.
"I must admit in my wildest, wildest dreams I never thought we would be standing here today," Newman said at a news conference. She has held prominent leadership positions in government, higher education and the private sector but has never held elective office.
Lynch said Newman has agreed to serve only the remaining two years of Gregg's six-year Senate term. Gregg's departure is expected to make the seat more competitive next year for Democrats.
Democrats and independents who caucus with them will hold 59 Senate seats if a court case over a race in Minnesota falls their way, and with 60 they would have enough votes to fend off Republican efforts to block legislation. Gregg, however, had indicated he would take the Cabinet job only if the balance of power in the Senate didn't change.
Newman pledged to put the well-being of New Hampshire and the country above partisan politics.
"I am a proud and independent-minded Republican. This assignment is not about politics and business as usual. It is about governing," she said.
Lynch, who said he has known Newman for 40 years, said her party affiliation didn't drive his choice.
"Bonnie is someone I would have considered regardless of party," he said.
The appointment will not become official until Gregg is confirmed for the commerce job.
Newman, 63, was Gregg's chief of staff in the 1980s, oversaw administrative operations for the White House under President George H.W. Bush, and has served as interim president of the University of New Hampshire and executive dean at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Despite being a Republican, she was an early and strong backer of Lynch's campaigns.
Gregg said Newman has excelled over the years at the challenges she's undertaken. "I am confident as a U.S. senator, Bonnie will again excel and provide people in New Hampshire with thoughtful leadership and a strong voice in Washington," he said.
Newman would become New Hampshire's second female senator in a matter of months. Democrat Jeanne Shaheen beat Republican incumbent John E. Sununu in November to become the first woman from the state to hold a Senate seat.
Newman, who lives in North Hampton, grew up in Lawrence, Mass., and has an undergraduate degree in sociology and a master's in education in higher education adminstration. In the private sector, she founded a radio station, was executive vice president at Exeter Trust and was president of the New England Council, a regional business association.
Newman said she will resign as lead director on the FairPoint Communications board and from several other boards if Gregg is confirmed.
New Hampshire House Speaker Terie Norelli, a Democrat, praised the choice and said Newman is careful, thoughtful and considerate in her approach.
"It's been my experience that's how she approaches problems," she said.
Norelli said she has no concerns about Newman's party affiliation.
"President Obama ran on change," she said. "This is change."

"Sorry I Been Not Here" Actions...

Little sparrow in the snow knocking at my window, greeting my day with and urgency like I have never known. He been here before while I am on the phone, late at night surprisingly, or just amusing the little patter of my cats pleas to come and stay and play. I know by all my senses it means more. Maybe a message of forth coming surprises, or death itself lurked on the horizon. I feel like I am doomed in some sort of way, a foreboding warning on of pending disaster. Maybe it is just a message of change.
I am not sure but the last two weeks I been unlike myself more than ever, a complacency. I been slumping about and a fidgeting mess. My only solace has been reading the same series of books and hovering in bed.

I been hearing about a stimulus package that spells doom. Nobody gets the picture that the United States of America has been borrowing money at a record pace in the last two quarters it has been unprecedented record numbers. Three, four, ten fold the estimate. Our nation is going down and I believe the powers that be are pushing that more than ever. Is this the new world order, globalization? I have seen the effects of people calling in like never before contacting their Representative, that is why Daschel withdrew. I urge everybody to call now for the hope of a the failure of a pork laden bailout plan. Senator John McCain has a petition going around I hope you choose to sign it .

Missouri is holding legislative hearings on the ERA, I hope people choose to encourage them to support a ERA resolution. I would hope you would find it in your heart to call or email just to give them encouragement...

As women of this nation we equal just a little over 52% of the nation. Do you find that it is time women to have an equal playing field; to gets this amendment it means women issues will finally be address. We have 16% Representation in Washington do you not think this is unbalanced. “Please” don't give me the tripe argument it because women choose not to run. We have to get into the arena first and they been holding us out for years. I am amazed at the women who slipped through. “But in the end they all meet road blocks. Is it not time men who had the reigns of this nation for over two hundred years, a woman would have a chance?