Richardson Steps Down Sooner Rather than Later

It’s not Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) we are concerned about. It’s the possible taint on the incoming president that worries us. Already, according to a recent Gallup poll, one-quarter of the public believes someone on the Obama staff did something funny with Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The exact question asked was:

On a different topic, as you may know. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been charged with conspiracy in trying to profit from naming Barack Obama’s replacement in the U.S. Senate. Just your best guess, do you think any member of Barack Obama’s staff has done anything illegal in connection with this matter, or not?

The answers were:

  • 26 percent — Yes, has done something illegal
  • 60 percent — No, has not done anything illegal
  • 13 percent — No opinion

Richardson took himself out of the confirmation process for Secretary of Commerce after it became clear he would be embroiled in controversy for the foreseeable future.

Richardson took himself out of the confirmation process after it became clear he would be embroiled in controversy for the foreseeable future

Richardson, in a statement also released by Obama’s team, gave no details on the probe except to say that it “promises to extend for several weeks or, perhaps, even months” and “would have forced an untenable delay in the confirmation process.”

…The grand jury in Albuquerque is looking into Beverly Hills, California-based CDR Financial Products Inc., which received almost $1.5 million in fees from the New Mexico Finance Authority in 2004 after donating $100,000 to Richardson’s efforts to register Hispanic and American Indian voters and pay for expenses at the Democratic National Convention in 2004…

Obama is known for selecting only squeaky clean people, or failing that, for proactively controlling future damage, as with the overseas ties of Secretary of State nominee Hillary Clinton’s husband, former Pres. Bill Clinton.

I am in the 60 percent of people who think Obama’s team will be found to have done nothing more with Blagojevich than piss him off by refusing to pay him off. I had my qualms about Bill Richardson from the get-go but I couldn’t really say why. We’ll give the governor the benefit of the doubt but I hope no one else will cast any compromising shadows over the incoming administration.

One comment

  • January 5, 2009 - 1:03 pm | Permalink

    “…It’s the possible taint on the incoming president that worries us. Already, according to a recent Gallup poll, one-quarter of the public believes someone on the Obama staff did something funny with Gov. Rod Blagojevich.”

    Trish…don’t fret too much about that 25% of the public…that’s pretty much the same % as core Republicans in the population. And they’re going to believe ANYTHING bad said about Obama and/or staff because they want to…and nothing you can do or say will ever change their minds.

    re: Richardson…am surprised and disappointed, as his withdrawal (whether forced by Obama or not) pretty much confirms that he is facing problems with an improper contract award.

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