That from officials both in Washington and New Hampshire.
Senior Democrats say the New Hampshire Republican is among those at the top of a list of potential nominees being considered for the crucial Cabinet post. But they also say no announcement is imminent.
Gregg was the Republican party's chief negotiator for the $700-billion bailout of the financial industry approved by Congress last year. That alone would make for a tough re-election bid in a state that has no state income tax and a motto of ``Live Free or Die.''
Obama's first pick for commerce secretary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, bowed out because of a grand jury probe of how state
contracts were issued to political donors.
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