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Bill Richardson Withdraws His Cabinet Bid

From a distraught Associated Press:

Richardson Withdraws Bid To Be Commerce Sec.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has withdrawn his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama’s commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation.

Obama’s transition office said Sunday that Obama has accepted Richardson’s withdrawal.

A federal grand jury is investigating how a California company that contributed to Richardson’s political activities won a lucrative New Mexico state contract.

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

How hilarious.

They are dropping already and we don’t even have the Anointed One sworn in.

Still, think how dirty Mr. Richardson must be if he was shamed into doing this. Democrats never resign.

Though it may be that Richardson is afraid he would have to answer embarrassing question during his confirmation hearing.

So why risk that when he can stay fat and happy in his fiefdom in New Mexico?

(Not to brag, but we were one of the very few sites to even note Mr. Richardson’s “pay to play” scandal — which was conveniently announced Christmas night.)

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, January 4th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “Bill Richardson Withdraws His Cabinet Bid”

  1. WhySoSerious says:

    Clearly, this is not the Bill Richardson that The One knows.

    • Steve says:

      You’re reading ahead.

      From Jake Tapper at ABC News:

      Obama Team Feels Richardson Wasn’t Forthcoming About Investigation Before Being Offered Commerce

      January 04, 2009

      Sources tell ABC News that officials on the Obama Transition Team feel that before he was formally offered the job of commerce secretary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson was not forthcoming with them about the federal investigation that is looking into whether the governor steered a state contract towards a major financial contributor…


    • JohnMG says:

      What about the questionaire that every potential Obama-ite was supposed to fill out? Did the transition team not vet the individuals thoroughly? Or were their statements taken at face value as being truthful?

      I mean, surely an applicant wouldn’t falsify such serious inquiry, would he (she)?

      I can hear the Obama camp now. “I can’t believe we’ve been deceived like this”.

      Oh, well. Just another unfortunate distraction, I guess. (sigh)

    • JohnMG says:

      Just another thought. What if an obviously tainted nominee was purposfully put forward and then subsequently ‘outed’ and thrown under the bus, providing a necessary distraction so that another, more despicable nominee slips into office under the radar while everyone is preoccupied with the first?

      Nothing would surprise me. We’re dealing with democrats, after all.

  2. Gila Monster says:

    From the same AP article;

    Richardson said in a statement issued by Obama’s transition office that the investigation could take weeks or months and he couldn’t ask Obama to delay the Commerce Department’s work. Richardson said the investigation will show that he “acted properly in all matters.”

    Yeah, OK, and I have oceanfront property for sale in Arizona. Maybe as a Dhimmirat he acted properly.
    Richardson’s dirty and the Messiah knows it, under the bus you go Billy.

    Richardson is a prominent Hispanic leader who endorsed Obama after dropping his own presidential bid last year.

    Even though Richardson is now irrelevant, the AP still has to push the “diversity” angle of The Anointed One’s picks.

    He has an extensive foreign policy resume. He was President Bill Clinton’s ambassador to the United Nations and has conducted freelance diplomacy for the U.S. in such hot spots as Sudan and North Korea.

    That’s a laugher, I think I missed that section of the New Mexico Constitution that directs the Governor to conduct “freelance diplomacy”.

  3. retire05 says:

    This news should absolutely thrill my friend who lives in New Mexico. A Democrat, and a Hispanic, she hates the ground Richardson walks on. Claims he is the most corrupt governor New Mexico has ever had. Said the first thing he did after elected was buy a new “governor’s” jet plane. You know, so he could make all those trips doing freelance diplomacy for which I am sure he was handsomely paid.

    She also claims he cheats on his wife and everyone in New Mexico knows it but won’t say anything because the NM press is in his pocket.

  4. proreason says:

    Remember your Democratic candidates…..
    Hillary (endless list of crimes),
    Chris Dodd (accepted sub-prime mortgage while enabling the criminal Fannie Mae organization and accepting thousands in campaign contributions),
    Slow Joe Biden (self-proclaimed “poorest man in the senate, but a skilled RE negotiator, since he was able to buy 14 lake front acres and a 6,000 square foot house on the east coast for less than 400K. And don’t forget which state the credit card industry is located),
    John Edwards (fathered an out-of-wedlock child while exploiting his cancer-stricken wife, and cynically touting his family values. Let’s not talk about his dispicably corrupt ambulance chasing career.),
    Obamy (the greatest economic criminal of all time), and now
    Pancho Richardson can’t even last a month as a cabinet nominee.

    Kucinavich is looking stronger and stronger. More level-headed too.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Can you believe that the Office of the President Elect has its’ first casualty 16 days before the “Walk on Water” party. I get this feeling that Hilda will be next when we find out that her hubbys money grants from the arabs might seem as influence peddling and she just can’t refuse money!! I can’t wait for Reid to go fist-a-cuffs with Burris on the floor. It is getting better ……

    • Colonel1961 says:

      ‘Walk on Water’ party – can’t wait! lol

      I was testing the term canonization, but that, too, won’t hardly describe the coronation-cum-deification process…

  6. River says:

    Obama is beginning to sound like Caude Raines in Casablanca, who stages a raid at Rick’s Cafe’ Americain: “I’m shocked…shocked that gambling is going on here!”, and later, “Round up the usual suspects.” Our system is so riddled with corruption of every kind, and so dependent on it, that pols don’t even know when they’re lying anymore. It’s become an act, they think, and if their act is good enough they’ll skate no matter what the crime is.

    There’s no punishment for high-placed wrongdoing anymore. The Clintons showed us all how to do it.

  7. GuppyNblue says:

    Couldn’t have happened to a bigger schmuck as Richardson’s career was built on pay-to-pay politics. I never could stand him, especially when he started taking money from Soros (to finance drug legalization).

    I remember watching Tim Russert make him look like a complete idiot by questioning his policy flip-flops. IMO opinion they were all based on self-serving political expediency. But even though the media will treat cases like this as exceptions, pay-to-play is todays norm in Washington.

  8. Morning in America says:

    I can hear Obama’s press conference now…

    “Uh-uh-uh, this is not the, Bill Richardson I knew. Uh-uh-uh, I have said all along that, uh-you know, that we need hope and change in Washington. Clearly Bill Richardson’s problems occurred under George Bush’s, you know, administration, uh-uh-uh, and we are here to clean this administration’s failure to stop corruption at the highest levels. I will not be taking any questions so that I don’t undercut the on-going uh investigation, so don’t waste your question”

  9. xdannyh says:

    Wow! This character must be super dirty just to log off like that, seems like all the rest of the Democrat crooks just put the $$ in the freezer of buy more cattle futures. And pass it off like it’s just not important, after all finding ways to spend other peoples money is the “raison-de-etre”. He unsuspiciously says he didn’t want to delay for one day (while he was going to be questioned about his dealings) the important work of B.O. aka “the anointed one”. Oh me!, my sides are splitting, one can only take so much mirth, especially during these “historically trying times”.

  10. RightWinger says:

    Gee, I am shocked by this news! LMAO! If only the Obama staff had done a little vetting, then perhaps this would have saved the “One” another layer of egg on his face. You know, like all we heard during the election was how McLame didn’t do enough vetting with Sarah Palin.

  11. Right2thepoint says:

    Richardson has all his well known issues but if you start digging into the history of the company alleged to be involved here they have a ‘colorful’ history and fingers in a whole lot of interesting pies.

    SEC issues , tied up with AIG, opened a branch in Chicago in 2003 (Fitz call your office), Rendell in Pa, NJ and not to mention Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and subprime stuff.

    Some good data on them


  12. Right2thepoint says:

    From their own website they have done thousands of the weird finance deals and have pushed through a total dollar amount of over 138 Billion in deals. Yes that is with a B.

  13. Confucius says:

    This is excellent! PEBO’s cabinet was short on whites, women, homosexuals and the handicapped. Maybe He can fill it with a white lesbian with a lisp. Maybe Barney Frank knows someone.

    • 1sttofight says:

      Inexperience seems to be a qualification in his appointments so far so maybe he can find a homosexual actor to fill the post. What is Tom Cruise doing these days?

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