Richardson Pulls Out

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    Richardson to withdraw as Commerce secretary - Politics- msnbc.com

    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 Bill Richardson, tapped in December by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as secretary of Commerce, has withdrawn his name for the position, citing a pending investigation into a company that has done business with his state.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." He 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." Please check back later for more details on this developing story.
     
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    And not even in office yet. What happened with that 65 page questionnaire? Did he lie?
     
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    How many Rs hung onto their seats while being procecuted let alone bailed out to avoid tainting the party and president?
     
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    None, But we do have Jefferson from the democrats as a role model.
     
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    tsk tsk tsk!
     
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    No comments about Obamalam and the widdle wiberals?
     
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    Ah, what did I say weeks and weeks ago when a company tied to him for donations came under investigation.

    Oh but I was merely a Obama hater.

    Richardson doesn't have the personal qualities to be appointed on a high level team like that. He has no honor!
     
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    Ted Stevens ring a bell?
     
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    Translation: "I'm glad that problem is gone!"
     
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