Sunday, January 4, 2009

Karma Chameleon! Bye Bye, Judas!

Richardson to withdraw as Commerce secretary
New Mexico governor cites pending investigation of business dealings

Richardson to withdraw as Commerce secretary
Jan. 4: NBC News has learned that New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson will withdraw his name as Commerce secretary – and that President-elect Barack Obama will accept this decision. NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, tapped in December by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as secretary of Commerce, has withdrawn his name for the position, citing a pending investigation into a company that has done business with his state.

"Let me say unequivocally that I and my Administration have acted properly in all matters and that this investigation will bear out that fact," he said Sunday in a report by NBC News' Andrea Mitchell. "But I have concluded that the ongoing investigation also would have forced an untenable delay in the confirmation process."

A federal grand jury is investigating how a California company that contributed to Richardson's political activities won a lucrative New Mexico state contract.
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A person familiar with the proceedings has told The Associated Press that the grand jury is looking into possible "pay-to-play" dealings between CDR Financial Products and someone in a position to push the contract through with the state of New Mexico.

Richardson said he plans to continue in his role as governor. "I appreciate the confidence President-elect Obama has shown in me, and value our friendship and working partnership. I told him that I am eager to serve in the future in any way he deems useful. And like all Americans, I pray for his success and the success of our beloved country."

Obama said Sunday he accepted Richardson's decision to withdraw with 'deep regret.'

"Governor Richardson is an outstanding public servant and would have brought to the job of Commerce Secretary and our economic team great insights accumulated through an extraordinary career in federal and state office," Obama said.

Richardson, 61, was United Nations ambassador and energy secretary during the Clinton administration, and he is in his second term as New Mexico's governor. He also served seven terms in the House of Representatives.

If he had been confirmed by the Senate as secretary of Commerce, he would have taken over a sprawling department that oversees the National Weather Service, the Census Bureau, economic development programs and more.

One of the nation's most prominent Hispanic politicians, Richardson had pledged at the time of his nomination — in English and Spanish — to work to renew the economy.

Obama on Sunday gave no indication whom he might name to replace Richardson as the nominee but said "we must move quickly to fill the void left by Governor Richardson's decision."


Shtuey said...

Judas Judas Judas...karma's a bitch ain't it. So while our financial system is going down the crapper, our civil liberties are rapidly evaporating, and humanity is gearing up to engage in a new wave of combat, not only do we have more incompetent leadership taking over, but an administration that is already embroiled in a distracting cesspool of corruption.

Aren't you glad Hillary got thrown under the bus for this? Phew, we could have had a President, instead of an asshat. Lord knows we wouldn't want that.

Oy vey!

navyvet48 said...

I love it no nonsense Navy....Funny isn't it....what goes around comes around! Judas! Judas! Judas! what an a$$hat so glad to see it happened to him. Can't think of anyone better it could happen too!