Thursday, February 12, 2009

Bill Richardson Tarnished By Scandal

Obama, center, with potential running mates New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, left, and Joseph Biden Jr. of Delaware last year in Chicago. REUTERS/John GressBarack

From The Politico:

Over the span of just three months, Bill Richardson has gone from being on the shortlist for secretary of state to late-night punch line, a breathtaking descent that has tarnished his once-sparkling career.

Since withdrawing as the nominee for secretary of commerce in early January amid questions surrounding a federal grand jury investigation, New Mexico’s Democratic governor has seen his political fortunes crater. Once unmatched in his power and popularity in Santa Fe, Richardson’s grip on state politics has been weakened by the whiff of scandal, and home state opponents have been emboldened by his plummeting approval ratings — numbers that have dropped below 50 percent, according to a recent SurveyUSA poll.

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My Comment: Governor Richardson's tenure as Governor for New Mexico has not been as stellar as his supporters like to pretend that it is. But he has been one of the shining lights on foreign affairs for the Democratic Party, and if I had a choice I would have preferred him over Mrs. Clinton as Secretary of State.

Pay to play schemes are endemic in much of politics .... and it seems that Governor Richardson has some serious explaining to do.

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