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Richardson withdraws bid to be commerce secretary

January 4th, 2009 . by TexasFred

Richardson withdraws bid to be commerce secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Sunday announced that he was withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama’s commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract.

Richardson’s withdrawal was the first disruption of Obama’s Cabinet process and the second “pay-to-play” investigation that has touched Obama’s transition to the presidency. The president-elect has remained above the fray in both the case of arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the New Mexico case.

A federal grand jury is investigating how a California company that contributed to Richardson’s political activities won a New Mexico transportation contract worth more than $1 million. Richardson said in a statement issued by the Obama transition office that the investigation could take weeks or months but expressed confidence it will show he and his administration acted properly.

“I have concluded that the ongoing investigation also would have forced an untenable delay in the confirmation process,” Richardson said. “Given the gravity of the economic situation the nation is facing, I could not in good conscience ask the president-elect and his administration to delay for one day the important work that needs to be done.”

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Richardson withdraws bid to be commerce secretary

Unlike some, I am not going to label this as *rats and a sinking ship*, not yet. The Obamanation isn’t sinking, he’s just looking like he’s made a few bad choices and has a few friends he shouldn’t have. You KNOW that’s how the DNC is going to spin it!

Pay to play, I like that phrase. You start with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his attempt to SELL the senate seat that Obama is vacating, now Richardson and his investigation. Maybe politics doesn’t pay as much as it should. Maybe the guys are just trying to supplement their income in these tough financial times. Yeah, that it, supplemental income…

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6 Responses to “Richardson withdraws bid to be commerce secretary”

  1. comment number 1 by: Charley

    Gov. Richardson may also have realized that Sec. of Commerce is political death – no more spotlight, no advancement. How many people can tell you who the SECCOM is right now?

  2. comment number 2 by: TexasFred

    Damn good point Charley, you might be right on the money truth be told!!

  3. comment number 3 by: Basti

    Something is up and maybe the rats smell a leak in the ship. They say vermin know in advance if an earthquake or similar is about to happen. Might be what’s going on here.

  4. comment number 4 by: Malinda777

    Call me a rat for saying this…don’t care…BUT…

    On the day that Obama named him…I noticed he shaved his beard, he cleaned all up for that news conference, and THEN…OH THEN…Mr. Richardson did something that got my goat.

    I’ve always thought he was OK persay…but THEN he came on TV looking like a whole ‘nother guy and gave his acceptance speech to us all in TWO LANGUAGES!

    HELLOOOOO!! Am I the only one that noticed that if you want to PROMOTE BETTER COMMERCE…the folks involved in it NEED TO LEARN ENGLISH!

    How much money is spent on multiple language ballots, DMV applications, Dr’s forms, etc. I was surely hoping that the freaking Commerce Dude would NOT have gone there. Just my opinion!

    I think his “scandal” is less than most…he’s probably innocent enough, and he’ll probably come out OK, but…AND HERE’S A BIG BUTT IN CASE ANY ACTUAL POLITICIANS READ THIS…

    It’s one thing to keep your friends close and your enemies closer…but NEVER do business in CALIFORNIA if you ever hope to keep your head above the hot seat!

  5. comment number 5 by: Pat Houseworth

    Too funny! My guess is if Ol’ Bill took the standard IQ test he would be somewhere in the double digit range….the Boy ain’t too bright.

    Meanwhile Obama and his Posse’ are having one Hell of a time getting focused, and it’s fun to see.

  6. comment number 6 by: Hyunchback

    Like Malinda I’m disgusted by pandering politicians who address the public in anything except English. That includes that wastoid Ken Salazar that Obama tapped for a different cabinet position.

    CITIZENS of this nation speak English. If you or I moved south of the Rio Grande you will find that their politicians will not be appealing to us in English. If we move to France their politicians will not appeal to us in English.

    There is only one reason why a politician switches languages, that’s to exclude some part of the audience. To let one group know that they are getting a nudge and wink about the special relationship they share with the politician that people who don’t speak that second language aren’t going to get.

    If a politician here thinks he needs to give loyalty to one ethnic group over others in his constituency then is he not being, in fact, a racist?

    If a white politician let his audience know that he was always going to work to promote white people because of their culture, language and skin color he would rightly be called a racist. But when a Hispanic politician lets Hispanic people know they are going to have a special place in his care he is not called a racist, though he is being one.