Sunday, January 4, 2009

Richardson Withdraws as Commerce Secretary Nominee

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has abruptly withdrawn his name from consideration to become Secretary of Commerce.

A federal grand jury in Alberquerque is investigating whether his office was involved in any wrongdoing. A company called CDR Financial Products is alleged to have received $1.4 million in state government contracts after donating money to Richardson's political action committee.

For his part Richardson denies any wrongdoing but didn't want to be yet another Democratic Governor to become an issue for Obama.

Somehow I don't think we're going to here Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid talk about a culture of corruption in Washington anytime soon.

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