Judd Gregg, who is currently under consideration for Commerce Secretary, is supposedly making it known that he'd want Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, to appoint a Republican to his seat should he get the gig. From the Hill:
Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) won't accept a position as President Obama's secretary of Commerce unless he is guaranteed his Senate seat remains in GOP hands, said two Republicans who know Gregg well.
Departing the Senate without one could give Democrats 60 members and a filibuster-proof majority.
"Gregg would never allow his seat to go to a Democrat, the only way he would allow it is if he died," said a Republican close to Gregg. "He would consider it to be a breach of trust to people who elected it."
As DavidNYC presciently argued yesterday, Lynch is just the type of Dem who would probably gladly acquiesce to such a demand. However, if Lynch tapped, say, Walter Peterson or Warren Rudman -- both oldsters whom I would not expect to see run in 2010, then this wouldn't be a bad deal.