Judd Gregg, a L.L.M. in Tax, Named to Obama Cabinet; Hope His Taxes Are in Order

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The watch for lawyers in the Obama administration appears to never end.  Just when I'm ready to post that Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.),who received his J.D. in 1972 and a L.L.M. in tax law in 1975 from Boston University Law School, has accepted an nomination as Secretary of Commerce, former Sen. Tom Daschle drops out as head of HHS--leaving an opening for yet another legally trained cabinet member.

Among the possible replacement candidates is Obama transition team co-chair and former Clinton chief-of-staff John Podesta, a 1976 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center.  As is pointed out in a Bloomberg News article analyzing Obama's options, while there are many candidates capable of running HHS, Podesta may to the only one with the political skills and personal connections to replace Daschle as the point-man to get a major health-care reform through Congress and onto the president's desk.