January 6th, 2009
09:07 AM ET
9 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 MurguĂ­a, 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. STEVE R


    he has pledged to save us all...remember the last two years of his campaign?

    however, after jan 20 this chump will not be able to bash or blame Bush, which will be interesting to see how he and the media can spin it. Actually all they have to do is stop with the whole "world is falling" and most everything will be fine.

    January 6, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Kara

    Someone needs to punch Cindy from NM in the face. She is a disgrace to the human race!

    January 6, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. naqib

    Same circus... just new clowns

    January 6, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. mike

    Imagine if he is found guilty of the shady dealings. What would be the backlash be if only high ranking hispanic politician seems like one that is dirty in his dealings?
    Look at the other politicians that had to pull their name because of some type of speculation. Obama is doing a superb CYA job throughout this entire hiring process. It's pretty simple. If you have any potential shady dealings, pull your name respectfully so that Republicans don't fly in with capes and lawyers to hold up the progression of returning this country to prominence.

    January 6, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. Baze

    Shut up Latinos. Would you rather him take the position only to later be found guilty of malfeseance? That would sure make the Latino community look great!

    January 6, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. W.T.Sherman at the sea

    Bill was vetted to run for President.Lets see what happens.We have a better job lined up for him anyway.Think I will go to Alabama for my vacation and see how toyota is doing.

    January 6, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. A Hispanic voter

    Honestly, I'm not worried if a non-Latino replaces him. I just care about having intelligent people represent ALL Americans and their needs. I voted for Obama because I thought he was the best person for the job, not because of the color of his skin.

    People need to stop being so sensitive. Seriously. we should all want was best for this country as a whole.

    January 6, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Just another "Hispanic"

    Ah, the racism continues....thanks fred and anon in big d. Words of derision, words of disillusion...perhaps insight of this caliber should be our guide, hmm?

    January 6, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. Just another "Hispanic"

    Ah, the racism continues.....

    January 6, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. Scott NYC Independent

    I'm not of Latino decent but I am ashamed and angered at some of the racist comments made by others that call themselves Americans; those that seem to have forgotten that the only people that are the original residents of this land are Native American Indians. All the rest of us came here by boat or plane and none have the right to put themselves above any others.

    January 6, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. Just another "Hispanic"

    The racism continues...

    January 6, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. Hispanis in Dallas, TX

    Just another crook, like all the ones in DC!

    January 6, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. Hispanic

    "Maybe they could get some other Mexican for that job...." Wow, wonderful insight. I tried to post something about racism, but CNN wouldn't touch it. I guess they do post such drivel from some readers, eh?

    January 6, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. Allen Farlow

    Latinos are disappointed by Richardson's withdrawal? Who cares? He withdrew for one reason – he's dirty and he knows he wouldn't survive the vetting.

    Latinos only feel they are important because the media keeps trying to get everyone to believe they are. Latinos are a minority and nobody really cares about how the Latinos feel. It's not news.

    January 6, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. demwit

    Bill Richardson's is the huge dissappointment..

    January 6, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. What a mess

    boered1 ....??

    What's up with the hatred of Clintons? I guess you would have preferred a different world back in the 90's when we had PEACE AND PROSPERITY?

    January 6, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. RealityKing

    Hillary, Emanul, Bill, whose next?? So much for the media hyped Obama vetting process..

    January 6, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. Danny from Phoenix

    Richardson is a sleezeball. Ask anyone who has ever lived in Alburqurque, New Mexico.

    January 6, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. Rick

    I don't know why he pulled himself out....most corrupt democrats are honered and revered by their party.

    January 6, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. Mark Cross Junction VA

    Why a disappointment? Just another corrupt politician out to gain whatever they can get!! Send him back across the border where he belongs.

    January 6, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. HSNP


    January 6, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. naqib

    Another crooked friend of Obama that he has to throw under the bus... imagine that

    January 6, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. Larry in Houston

    He's ben nothing but a traitor from the begining....He invites Bill Clinton to watch the super bowl last year, at his home, and then turns around and ENDORSE OBAMA !!

    It's best for him to give up the position.....If he was totally innocent, he would have held his ground, and not worry about that investigation..

    To be perfectly honest, I think he's just ticked off, because he was not selected to be S.O.S.

    Larry C.
    Houston, Texas

    January 6, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Jake in Mission

    Gov. Richardson got the nod for a cabinet post not because he was hispanic, but because he threw Hillary under the bus to help get Obama elected. And what makes Richardson a Latino anyway, he just throws it out there when its convenient. So much for change in the Obama regime he just reshuffled the same old deck of cards, same old names and same old faces, no new blood!!!!

    January 6, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. Tom, Cary, NC

    Anyone who is 'disappointed' over a withdrawal simply because of the perceived ethnic identity of a candidate is by definition a racist – a 'person of bias'. Isn't ability – or in this case – honesty – the key criteria?

    January 6, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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