From NBC's Chuck Todd and Domenico Montanaro
J. Bonnie Newman, a Republican with ties to current Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), is the "leading candidate" to replace Gregg as U.S. Senator from New Hampshire -- if Gregg is named Commerce Secretary, according to two sources in the know.
The word is that she may pledge not to run again.
Newman bio info:
-- Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
-- The Boston Globe: "Newman served as assistant secretary of Commerce for economic development in the Reagan administration. She was in charge of administrative operations for the George H.W. Bush White House. She was chief of staff to Gregg when he was a congressman in the 1980s, and she was one of the first Republicans to publicly endorse Lynch in his 2004 challenge of then-Republican Governor Craig Benson, and co-chaired Republicans for Lynch. She has held a number of high-profile positions in higher education, including several important posts at the University of New Hampshire (including interim president) and executive dean of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. She has also led the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association."
-- Announcement when named interim president of the University of New Hampshire in 2006.