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Bill Richardson withdraws Commerce nomination

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I only have time for a short comment as I'm heading to the airport to fly to Europe, but Commerce Secretary nominee Bill Richardson has withdrawn from his appointment because of an ongoing grand jury investigation into whether he traded New Mexico government contracts for campaign contributions. Here are the statements from Barack Obama and Bill Richardson: STATEMENT OF PRESIDENT ELECT BARACK OBAMA It is with deep regret that I accept Governor Bill Richardson's decision to withdraw his name for nomination as the next Secretary of Commerce.Governor Richardson is an outstanding public servant and would have brought to ...
On January 4, 2009, Richardson announced his decision to withdraw his nomination because of an investigation into improper business dealings in New Mexico. In August 2009, federal prosecutors dropped the pending investigation against the governor, and there has been speculation in the media about Richardson's career, after his second and final term as New Mexico governor concludes. 1 Cite error: There are tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{Reflist}} template or a tag; see the .
Bill Richardson Withdraws As Commerce Secretary Nominee ...
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 Bill Richardson, tapped in December by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as secretary of Commerce, has withdrawn his name for the position, citing a pending investigation into a company that has done business with his state.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." I'm told that the Obama transition ... market research, surveys and trends
Richardson Withdraws From Cabinet Appointment - The Caucus Blog ...
President-elect Barack Obama with Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico at a news conference last month announcing Mr. Richardson’s nomination as commerce secretary. (Tannen Maury/European Pressphoto Agency) Update | 2:28 p.m. Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico confirmed in a statement released Sunday afternoon that he has withdrawn his name as the commerce secretary nominee, citing a pending “investigation of a company that has done business with New Mexico state government.” Mr. Richardson says in the statement that he and his administration “have acted properly in all matters,” but that the ... market research, surveys and trends


Richardson Withdraws Name as Commerce Secretary-Designee | 44 ...
President-elect Barack Obama, right, listens as Commerce Secretary-designate New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson speaks during a news conference in Chicago on Dec. 3, 2008. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) Updated 2:34 p.m. By Michael D. Shear New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has withdrawn his name from consideration as commerce secretary for President-elect Barack Obama, citing an ongoing investigation about business dealings in his state. Richardson, 61, who competed unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination, was secretary of energy and U.N. ambassador during Bill Clinton's presidency, and also the first ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Governor shelves D.C. hope - The Santa Fe New Mexican
While President-elect Barack Obama left open the possibility Sunday that Gov. Bill Richardson one day will be a part of his administration, pundits said the cloud of a federal grand jury investigation must dissipate before Richardson's political career can resume its long advance. Richardson suddenly withdrew as Obama's nominee for Commerce Department secretary, acknowledging the timing of a reported "pay-to-play" probe in New Mexico would cause unwanted distractions as the new Democratic administration seeks U.S. Senate confirmation of its Cabinet. Obama, already trying to stay out of the fight over a ... industry trends, business articles and survey research


Feb 18, 2009 ... It is rare in business that an applicant withdraws his position after accepting the job ... nomination in the White House and then withdraw within weeks, ... with its first Commerce Secretary nominee, Bill. Richardson. ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
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Why did Bill Richardson withdraw his name from Commerce Sec ...
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. 2 years ago Asker's Rating: Asker's Comment: thnx There are currently no comments for this question. * You must be logged into Answers to add comments. Sign in or Register . Member since: June 12, 2008 Total points: 6323 (Level 5) Because he is being investigated by a federal grand jury as to why donors were awarded contracts. 2 years ago Member since: March 22, 2007 Total points: 10258 (Level 6) Probably because he is being ...
Why did Bill Richardson, Obama's Commerce secretary, resign in a ...
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson declines to answer questions about the specifics of the investigation into possible 'pay-to-play' schemes with a government contractor but insists it was his decision to withdraw his nomination to be commerce secretary. Who needs network reality TV when you can watch the Democrats disgrace themselves in a show I like to call “Pay to Play.” The latest episode features New Mexico Governor and Obama-pick for (ironically) Commerce Secretary Bill Richardson, who withdrew his nomination amid reports he is under investigation for another seemingly all too common political quid pro quo. ...