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. Gordon Shumway

    Guess you can not lie to a professional liar and get away with it!

    January 6, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. alcatraz

    I am extrenally disspaointed on Obama's cabinet. He brought the old Bill Clinton's gang. He wi ll not be able to deliver the changes he promissed. On the contrary the USA democratic system and the public expectations will suffer even more. And to be clear, I am not at a republican by any means..

    January 6, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Charlize

    Has it occurred to any of you that MAYBE RICHARDSON HIMSELF DOESN'T CARE ABOUT THE SEC. OF COMMERCE POST, because he really wanted to be Secretary of State and he is mad at Obama for handing it to Clinton, and he actually used the investigation thing to find an easy way out? He might have had second thoughts about accepting a post he really didn't like (and honestly, is less prepared to take on, than Sec. of State) so he decided to bail out before it was too late to do so. Just think about it.

    January 6, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Kelcie in Atlanta

    Hispanics are upset because there are not "enough" hispanic selections. Women are upset because there are not "enough" women selected. Gays & Lesbians are upset because Rick Warren will provide the invocation at the inauguration.

    Yet, President Elect Obama will have to tackle some of the greatest issues that we have faced as a country. Seriously, get over it.

    January 6, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. kelly WI

    Richardson didn't want a 4th tier position any way. He wanted v.p. or S.O.S
    Another Clintonite appointed yesterday. Panetta who has no back ground in the intel business.

    January 6, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. RaeNanda Pointer

    National Council of The RACE. Liberal hypocrisy continues...

    January 6, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Alan

    What are they stunned about. the fact that he is crooked or the fact that he had to resigned because he is crooked.

    GO OBAMA – this is great

    January 6, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Bev

    As usual....in the Democratic party you are used and disposed of on a regular basis like paper towels. I guess he shouldn't have slighted Hillary after all....Amazing how important he was during the election and now there's not even first page news about his illegal activities. Amazing how that works.

    January 6, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. FreeNLovIt

    W and Cheney werent impeached, why should he have to go? I forgive all. The same bar should apply to all politicians in the next 8 years. The bar that W and Cheney used.

    January 6, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. Samilton

    He'll be back!

    January 6, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. karen-phoenix

    Richardson is NOT envolved in anything!! The news media keeps this up a produces some pretty nasty stories that just are not true.

    January 6, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Patricia in Las Vegas

    hear, hear, Lauren .... I agree with you.

    January 6, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. Joey

    Perhaps we should remember that it is important to elect our officials based on their credentials. However, recent history has not proven to uphold the long standing belief that you can tell who a person is based on his or her career opportunities. Do you really blame the Latin community for desiring representation in Washington? We have been staring at the same model of America for over 200 years. Isn't it possible that change requires new physical features in order to represent our entire populace?

    January 6, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. Veterans for Obama

    IF you do you know have anything positive to SAY, get off the blob. Freedom of Speech is NOT for YOU.

    We have moved on. This MAN did what HE felt was RIGHT for HIM. He should be COMMENDED for having the common sense to do so.

    SO SHUT UP AND GO FIND YOURSELF....

    January 6, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. Mari

    Its so tiresome to continue to read comments from the far-right-nuts! Why don't you people stop with the lies? Lies, hate, fear and division IS what caused the Republicans the election!

    I am a Latina and I am not upset about the Richardson withdrawal. Just because a few high-profile people are upset doesn't mean the majority of us are!

    SO amusing to read the far-right-nuts claiming that Richardson is a "crook"...... when the BIGGEST ONES .........Bush & Cheney they elected TWICE!

    BUSH HAS BANKRUPTED OUR NATION....... WITH A NATIONAL DEBT OF OVER........$10 TRILLION......... OWED TO CHINA, SAUDI ARABIA AND DUBAI....... AND THE FAR-RIGHT COMPLAINS ABOUT ......OBAMA?????????? CRAZIES!

    January 6, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. arc, Lugano CH

    Fred in KY January 6th, 2009 9:54 am ET
    Maybe they could get some other Mexican for that job
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    'Country First'!! 'USA'!! 'Country First'!! 'USA'!! 'McCain/Palin'!!

    January 6, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Kurt C.

    If he wants a hispanic, I hear Che Guevara is needing work.

    January 6, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. Bob

    Hope this little scandal gets wings ! It involves all sorts of politicians including my own Ed Rendell ! Been waiting for him to trip up.

    January 6, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  19. s

    The Hispanic population shouldn't be dissappointed because Richardson isn't going to serve. I believe Obama would ultimately appoint a Latino he believes would serve the nation well. What I wouldn't like is him choosing to appoint an Hispanic state man for the heck of saying he has one in his administration.

    my 2 cents...

    January 6, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Lauren the Designer January 6th, 2009 10:48 am ET:
    And cue all the whiners blaming this on Obama. Richardson has not been found of any wrongdoing. I'm sure this was a difficult decision for him, but I think he deserves kudos for doing the right thing here and backing off so that things can move forward in a timely manner.

    1. He didn't voluntarily step down, Obamas people asked him to. So no 'kudos' for him.
    2. The Obama vetting process clearly blew it. His process, his team, his blame. Who else would you blame? Bush? Sorry Lauren, when you lead the team, you get both the credit for success and blame for failure.
    3. Obama promised change. Not being convicted of anything is a pretty low bar to set when picking key staff.

    January 6, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. Empty people voted for an empty suit

    Didn't Obambi vett Mr Richardson?

    Oh, my bad, that can only be used by the NYT's, Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews and the rest of the cabal on Republicans.

    The "chosen one" is perfect and makes no mistakes, someone else selected Richardson or Richardson lied or it's part of the new vast right-wing conspiracy maybe?

    Cue the the circuis music people, this is going to be fun.......

    January 6, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. Steve

    I have never seen such a cloud of scandal that surrrounded a president -elect before. I don't agree much with James Carville but he believes there is more to come. Hope not but we will see! I am NOT saying Obama is a part of all this but there is perception of bad judgment, so far! Not on everything and everyone but it is front page news in the MSM! As far as his pick for the CIA director, should there be some intel experience rather than just political? I hope this gets shot down by the Congress!

    January 6, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. IraqVet

    Mike in Syracuse,

    I think you are overlooking the glaring realities of race and gender inequity and how we got here. So here are some facts for the cheap seats: the country is 52% women, women are going to college at a higher rate than men, there are 37M African Americans and 40M Latinos, 3-4M Asians and Indians. Yet the Senate is STILL 87% white men. This is not right, no matter how you call it. People have a right to challenge the status quo if something doesn't look right. I don't believe in race or gender quotas but this country has had affiirmative action for white men in this country for centuries, which is the very reason the Senate is what it is. Therefore denouncing race and gender as factors when it no longer works in your favor is tantamount to talking out of both sides of your mouth.

    Please don't try to tell me there arent highly qualified Blacks, Latinos, Asians, Indians OR Women. Read the census data that your own government provides. There are literally millions of extraordinary people living in this country and yet here we still are selecting mediocrity so that white people can hold on to some semblance or illusion of power. There are no accidents in politics.

    January 6, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Bafun

    @ Rick
    and what about corrupt republicans?

    January 6, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. Scandal

    To Rick:

    Do you reall want to go there! The Republican Party has generated a long line of criminals and crooks.....I thought no one could top Richard Nixon....but Dumb and Dumber, Bush/Cheney have turned out to be the biggest criminals yet! I'll take a Democrat over a Republican any day!

    January 6, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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