Bill Richardson Withdraws Commerce Bid
The New Mexico governor will not go up for Commerce secretary. It has to do with a a grand jury probe into a pay-to-play allegation concerning a California contractor who gave money to Richardson’s political endeavors. CDR Financial Products gave $110,000 to three committees formed by Richardson and won a bid to help finance a $1.6 billion New Mexico transportation program.
“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.”
Truly a shame. Richardson is a fine public servant. He’ll continue to serve as governor of New Mexico.Click here for reuse options!
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