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Old 01-04-2009, 03:35 PM   #1
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Bill Richardson pulls out as Commerce Secretary...

Richardson withdraws as Commerce nominee - Politics- msnbc.com

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, tapped in December by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as secretary of Commerce, has withdrawn his name for the position, citing a pending investigation into a company that has done business with his state.

"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."

A federal grand jury is investigating how a California company that contributed to Richardson's political activities won a New Mexico state contract worth more than $1 billion. Richardson said in a statement issued by the Obama transition office that the investigation could take weeks or months but expressed confidence it will show he and his administration acted properly.
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Poor guy. That sucks. It doesn't help that Obama is super cautious to the point of being disloyal while he goes out of his way to kiss butt to conservatives.
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Disloyal to who?
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