Did Lynch Pull A Blago?
John at Crooks and Liars asks if Judd Gregg didn’t play the Blago game. Was a deal made with New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, a Democrat, that a Republican fill his seat? Gregg’s former chief of staff, J. Bonnie Newman, gets the gig, although she says she’ll step down in 2010.
Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin applauds the Gregg appointment, but says:
“But the apparent behind-the-scenes deal-making that went on to determine who will fill Senator Gregg’s vacancy is alarmingly undemocratic. Once again, Americans will be represented in the Senate for nearly two years by someone they had no hand in electing. As the number of Senators appointed to their seats continues to rise, it’s increasingly clear that we need to fix this constitutional anachronism. It is time to pass a constitutional amendment to end appointments by governors and the political gamesmanship they encourage.”Click here for reuse options!
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