Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico has withdrawn his name from consideration as Obama’s Commerce Secretary. Richardson is involved in a grand jury investigation into how some people who donated money to him received a state contract.
Richardson says that he is sure that once everything is investigated he will be exonerated but that the lengthy process will detract from responsibilities at Commerce. He has vowed to serve Obama in any way helpful once this is all said and done.
Unless, of course, he is dirty.
First there was Governor Blagojevich and his pay to play scam with Obama’s Senate seat and now Richardson is caught up in a pay to play game in his home state. This one does not involve Obama in any way but it might demonstrate that his vetting process is not as complete as he believed.
The withdrawal will put a bit of a damper on the Obama Restructuring (stimulus) plan because now he will have to find a new Commerce Secretary.
This might be a blessing in disguise because Obama and the Democrats plan to spend around a TRILLION dollars on this recovery plan. It is estimated that the plan will be about 850 billion and the rest will be “goodies” attached to the bill. As if we are not already in dire straights, the Democrats plan on wasting more money on the stimulus and the pork that will surely be attached to it.
Obama is not in office yet and already two scandals have hit. One does not involve him and the other does but only in a peripheral sense.
I guess it is hard for Obama to associate with people who are clean when he has spent his entire political career dirty.
We are in for a long four years.