Obama throws another under the bus: Bill Richardson
What is it with Obama and throwing people under the bus? His “white”” grandma, his racist preacher, Tony Rezko, and the list goes on add Bill Richardson to the list now. Team Obama has started leaking to the press that Richardson’s to blame for the embarrassing spectacle this afternoon of his withdrawal as a Cabinet nominee. Jake Tapper has the details:
Sources tell ABC News that officials on the Obama Transition Team feel that before he was formally offered the job of commerce secretary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson was not forthcoming with them about the federal investigation that is looking into whether the governor steered a state contract towards a major financial contributor.
Once the investigation became more widely known through national media reports last month, sources tell ABC News, the Obama Transition Team realized the FBI would not be able to give Richardson a clean political bill of health before the new administration is ready to send his nomination up to the Senate for confirmation.
Meanwhile, Richardson and his team has to defend themselves:
The Richardson camp says the governor was forthcoming, with sources close to the governor noting that there had been reports about the controversy in local media such as the Albuquerque Journal as far back as August 2008. The governor discussed the investigation with the Obama team, they say, and believes that he and his administration have done nothing wrong.
All of a sudden, the Latino activists who jeered that Richardson’s nomination was an unacceptable consolation prize are demanding that another Hispanic be appointed to the post. Bill Richardson is “disappointed” in the turn of the events but has “faith” in the process. Excited about returning to work on the state budget. Not surprisingly for a democrat, he refuses to talk about the probe or his conversations with Obama. Richardson says he “underestimated how long the criminal investigation would take.”Question: Did the transition team pressure you to withdraw or did you? Richardson unconvincingly says that he made the decision.“Yesterday, I was hurting. I lost a Cabinet appointment. But I think people have to focus on what people are losing in this country. They’re losing their savings and their homes.”