Friday, December 21, 2007
Yesterday, Tom Tancredo dropped out of the presidential race, just days after this blog revealed his italian immigrant ancestry. (Please readers, we do understand the lack of "cause and effect" here; no flames please.). But, after this story, will Bill Richardson be next?
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson III has a remarkably complex family immigration history, much too complex to ever be President -- and he even has MEXICAN ROOTS and his mother even lives in Mexico. in fact, Bill Richardson is indeed the first serious Latino candidate for President.
Richardson's banker mother, María Luisa López-Collada Márquez, was born in Mexico City and currently lives there. His father was William Blaney/Blaine Richardson II, who was born in Nicaragua. Richardson's paternal grandparents were Boston-born naturalist William Blaney Richardson and Rosaura Ojeda Medero (born in Oaxaca). The elder William and Rosaura married and moved to Nicaragua where William did research for the Smithsonian as a naturalist. William Jr. was born on a boat heading to Nicaragua 1891. After his mother's death in Nicaragua, William Jr. and his two younger sisters were taken by his grandmother from Nicaragua to Boston.
William B. Richardson II worked in Mexico City for Citibank, where he met and married María Luisa López-Collada Márquez. María Luisa Richardson delivered her children in Pasadena, where her husband's sister lived. As Richardson explained in an article in the Washington Post, "My father had a complex about not having been born in the United States."
Earlier generations (prior to the first William Blaine) in the Richardson line were Massachusetts commercial merchants. He is also a descendant of Mayflower passengers through the Richardson line. His maternal grandfather was the Spanish-born Manuel López-Collada Márquez and Mexican wife Maria Márquez Vazconcelos.
To see the family tree in schematic form, click here.
Even though Bill Richardson talks thoughtfully on a number of issues, including immigration, how could a guy with this convoluted family immigration history ever be president of the UNITED STATES? And he speaks flawless Spanish to boot! What has become of this country?
We will let you hear if we hear about a possible Richardson withdrawal. Check for breaking news on his campaign website.