David Kirkpatrick

January 4, 2009

Richardson withdraws as commerce secretary

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:36 pm

An early blow to Obama’s cabinet. The transition is some rough water between Blago’s antics, the Caroline Kennedy saga and the ongoing recount in Minnesota leaving that seat in a sort of limbo for now.

From the link:

Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico, one of the country’s most prominent Hispanic politicians and President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to be commerce secretary, on Sunday dropped out of consideration for that post. He attributed his decision to the ongoing investigation of a company that has done business with New Mexico.

Mr. Richardson said that he would continue as governor, and he added, “Let me say unequivocally that I and my administration have acted properly in all matters and that this investigation will bear out that fact.”

His decision came, he said, after he had concluded “that the ongoing investigation also would have forced an untenable delay in the confirmation process.” Mr. Richardson said in a statement, released by the Obama campaign, that the investigation might last weeks or months.