January 6th, 2009
09:07 AM ET
5 years ago

Richardson withdrawal disappoints Latinos

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson was a Democratic presidential contender in the primaries.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson was a Democratic presidential contender in the primaries.

(CNN) - Bill Richardson's withdrawal from his commerce secretary nomination Sunday didn't just leave a major gap in the new administration, but it also sorely disappointed Latinos who view the New Mexico governor as their most prominent representative.

"We are hugely disappointed. It's a stunned community out there," said Janet Murguía, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.

"He is a very well-recognized leader not just in the Latino community but in this country and he has a long record of public service," she said.

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  1. Robert the Man

    Carlos Mencia would do a better job than this guy. Seriously I think he really would.

    January 6, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Mike, Syracuse NY

    So guess what. We will now have the Latinos demanding that his replacement be Latino, just like blacks are demanding the IL Senate seat be filled with a black, and the NY Senate seat be filled by a woman, etc., etc. Whatever happened to appointing people based on qualifications and not race or gender?

    January 6, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. Case Closed

    Obama selected the highest profile Latino in national politics for a prominent position ... it just didn't work out at the present time ... don't blame him.

    I predict we'll have a Latina considered for the US Supreme Court if one can be found with sufficient legal credentials and bench experience. Hispanic Americans will just have to be patient.

    January 6, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. PatC

    I hate to see bad to anybody, but IF it is found to be true that he is a corrupt politician with a Blago style Pay to Play Scheme, then the Hispanic community needs to throw him under the proverbial bus. Don't stand behind convicted criminals.

    As far as all other Democrats where is the cry for him to resign as Governor and for the NM Legislative to begin impeachment hearings. He must be held to the same standard as Blago.

    January 6, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. Irritated in Fl

    He's a well recognized crook is all that he is. I think he makes a very poor represenative for the Hispanics.

    January 6, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Nestor, Austin, TX

    It's too bad that the president and CEO of the National Council of The Race is disappointed. It's also too bad that Bill Richardson is involved in shady dealings. Yet somehow the president-elect stays clean from all of these scandals. He is just a 'poor victim' of being surrounded by a whole bunch of crooks. There's a saying that goes something like; "Tell me who your friends are, and I'll tell you who you are." Tony Rezko, Jeremiah Wright, Rod Blagojevich, Fr. Pfleger, Louis Farrakhan, William Ayers, Bill Richardson, etc. These are the friends of the president-elect. I hope he gets some new friends.

    January 6, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  7. daniel cabrera

    And by the way not only the latino-factor is an error on Obama's movements, there is 'more of the same' on his dynamics,....a lot of poor judgement like for example the new CIA apointee:

    It does not matters if there is experience or not.Obama does not have any and so to compensate for that is building a pathetic cabinet with ALL OF THE SAME CLINTON-MATERIAL.(So nothing really is for the so called 'CHANGE')
    So, why not to get a 'young padawan'here and there?
    I believe the idea is to make believe something is going to be done, although nobody has a clue about what to do
    And that is political movement for you!

    Sincerely,
    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillville, indiana

    January 6, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. Larry of Boston

    Meanwhile, Federal investigators have found thousands of stolen hub caps in the Governor's mansion.

    January 6, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. Chase

    Well...whether you liked him or not is not really relevant, but they seem to be forgetting Alberto Gonzales.

    January 6, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. Fred in KY

    Maybe they could get some other Mexican for that job

    January 6, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. Terry

    It was appropriate for Richardson to withdraw because of the investigation. The Obama Administration must be above reproach. Conservatives will do anything to discredit the incoming administration.

    Richardson was my first choice for president during the campaign. Obama was my fifth, after Edwards, Biden, and Clinton.

    I hope Richardson is innocent of any wrongdoing, but I personally don't like governors taking campaign contributions from state contractors.

    January 6, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. Tim

    Yes...let's keep the races divided by constantly forming special interest groups to remind people that we're "special" and not just all americans. Let's keep it going. My race...your race...our race.....
    No wonder racism is still so alive and well. There are so many people making a living off of it. Including the media..

    January 6, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  13. TexAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Those are some pretty racist comments some of you people have made. No wonder we still have a divide between people in this country when we have such bigots as you guys posting.

    January 6, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. john

    I think that Richardson was not a good pick from the start so I'm glad to see him go. For quite some time I've had my doubts about his honesty, it just seemed that there was something off about his dealings over the years but he was not a big enough fish to warrant an investigation but as a cabinet member he would be under greater scrutiny. Evidently he could see a bigger investigation coming and had enough sense to step down. I hope that a better pick for this cabinet post can be made.

    January 6, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. dee

    This Latina is not disappointed. Not in the least.

    January 6, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. Lisa B

    This is one jagged little pill Latinos are just going to have to swallow. Richardson made his bed and now is going to have to lie in it. (Move over Blago!) If there is any Latino heartburn it needs to be with Richardson instead of blaming Obama.
    Right now the Obama team needs to worry about a fully qualified replacement Latino or not!

    January 6, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. Brett

    too bad!

    January 6, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. Carole

    He probably has a long record of a few other not so good things, ha ha. None of this comes as any surprise – he is a snake. Stay tooned folks!!

    January 6, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  19. Lets have the truth

    Daniel Cabrera its to bad you were not elected president since you think you know everything " NOT "

    January 6, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. Ohio for Obama- Suburbs

    To Daniel Cabrera, you must really dislike Obama because I've notice everything you have posted sounded like an MCcain supporter or Hillary supporter. What would have your choice for President have done? I doubt anything different from what Obama is trying to do.

    OHIO for OBAMA

    January 6, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  21. arc, Lugano CH

    Fred in KY January 6th, 2009 9:54 am ET
    Maybe they could get some other Mexican for that job
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Did a 'Mexican' take your job? If so, good. Hope you lose your house.

    Fred, you're just another Uneducated Poor White Trash Bigot 'Country First' Coward with a Computer.

    January 6, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. Sanity has returned

    I wish you people would get over your sour grapes. Gov Richardson is innocent until proven guilty and he did the right thing by stepping away from the nomination. It must really stink to be many of you with your negative attitudes and thoughts. I don't know how some of you get through your day with such a nasty outlook on anything and everything. Don't you folks work?

    January 6, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. Frank

    What is really disappointing is to see so many hateful postings here.

    If Governor Richardson has done something wrong, he is unlikely to get away with it.

    If, however, he is cleared of any wrong-doing, there may be opportunities for him in the future. Right now, that's what his supporters (and people of good conscience generally) should hope for.

    The rest of you need to develop a more civil attitude toward those with whom you disagree. Remember, the shoe is going to be on the other foot eventually.

    January 6, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  24. Seattle has bluest sky

    Whats up?What is our Gov. doing in Wa. D.C.?????????

    January 6, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. mike

    justice for the judas

    January 6, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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