Richardson has no interest in running for the Senate, an advisor said.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has no interest in seeking the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Pete Domenici, a senior political adviser to the governor tells CNN.
“Gov. Richardson is running for the White House unequivocally, and we are going to be the Democratic nominee,” the adviser said.
Richardson is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, but there have been rumors that he would drop out of the race and run for the Senate if Domenici retired. Domenici, 75, was set to announce his retirement Thursday afternoon at a news conference in Albuquerque. Domenici was first elected to the Senate in 1972.
The senior Richardson adviser noted that if Richardson does not win the Democratic nomination, he will return to his job as governor. Richardson made a similar comment during a recent CNN editorial board meeting.
“He has no interest,” in the Senate seat, the adviser emphasized. “He will go back and continue his job as governor serving the people of New Mexico.”
– CNN Political Editor Mark Preston