Sunday, January 4, 2009

NBC reporting Bill Richardson withdraws his name for Commerce Secretary

Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM) is withdrawing his name as Obama's Commerce Secretary. This is due to swirling rumors of possible "quid pro quo" on his part for giving lucrative contracts to a contractor in lieu of campaign contributions.

These allegations have been out there for a while and the FBI is now investigating Richardson.

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 Bill Richardson, tapped in December by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as secretary of Commerce, has withdrawn his name for the position, citing a pending investigation into a company that has done business with his state.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. "But I have concluded that the ongoing investigation also would have forced an untenable delay in the confirmation process."

He said he plans to continue in his role as governor. "I appreciate the confidence President-elect Obama has shown in me, and value our friendship and working partnership. I told him that I am eager to serve in the future in any way he deems useful. And like all Americans, I pray for his success and the success of our beloved country."


Full statement of Richardson and Obama

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