Sunday, January 4, 2009
The would-be boss of NOAA, Commerce Secretary nominee Bill Richardson, has withdrawn due to an ongoing investigation into corporate bribery for a state contract. There is no suggestion that Richardson knew of or condoned the alleged misconduct. But, it is important for an Obama Administration to make a sharp break with the corruption associated with past Administrations. Kudos to both of them.
Marketwatch reported today:
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said Sunday he was withdrawing as nominee to head the Commerce Department, citing "a pending investigation of a company that has done business with New Mexico state government." Richardson said in a statement that the probe "promises to extend for several weeks or, perhaps, even months," and that he "could not in good conscience ask [President-elect Barack Obama] and his administration to delay for one day the important work that needs to be done." He said he would, however, remain in his post as governor. Fox News cited a report last month that a grand jury is investigating whether the California firm CDR Financial Products paid to push through a contract with the state of New Mexico. Obama responded by expressing regret for Richardson's decision, adding: "Although we must move quickly to fill the void left by Governor Richardson's decision, I look forward to his future service to our country and in my administration."