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  •  Richardson had to withdraw as Commerce Secretary (10+ / 0-)

    He didn't pass the vetting stage in 2008.

    •  Yeah, I like Richardson but I recall that. (1+ / 0-)
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      Wonder what was wrong.

      "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

      by auron renouille on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 01:24:14 PM PST

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      •  He was under investigation at the time (2+ / 0-)
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        for something or other.  Didn't pan out.

        "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

        by TLS66 on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 01:35:46 PM PST

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      •  That would be a hot mess (10+ / 0-)
        Even more startling was the way that a notorious incident involving former New Mexico governor and presidential candidate Bill Richardson resurfaced during the trial. Barack Obama, you may recall, had nominated Richardson to be commerce secretary – only to have the move blow up in his face when tales of Richardson accepting bribes began to make the rounds. Federal prosecutors never brought a case against Richardson: In 2009, an inside source told the AP that the investigation had been "killed in Washington." Obama himself, after Richardson bowed out, praised the former governor as an "outstanding public servant."

        Now, in the Carollo trial, defense counsel got Doug Goldberg, the CDR broker, to admit that his boss, Stewart Wolmark, had handed him an envelope containing a check for $25,000. The check was payable to none other than Moving America Forward – Bill Richardson's political action committee. Goldberg then went to a Richardson fundraiser and handed the politician the envelope. Richardson, pleased, told Goldberg, "Tell the big guy I'm going to hire you guys."

        Goldberg admitted on the stand that he understood "the big guy" to mean Wolmark. After that came this amazing testimony:

        Q: Soon after that, New Mexico hired CDR as its swap and GIC adviser on a $400 million deal, right?
        A: Yes.
        Q: You learned later that that check in that envelope was a check for $25,000, right?
        A: Yes. I learned it later.
        Q: You also learned later that CDR gave another $75,000 to Gov. Richardson, right?
        A: Yes.
        Q: CDR ended up making about a million dollars on this deal for those two checks?
        A: Yes.
        Q: In fact, New Mexico not only hired CDR, they hired another firm to do the actual work that they needed done?
        A: For the fixed-income stuff, yes.

        What we get from this is that CDR paid Bill Richardson $100,000 in contributions and got $1.5 million in public money in return. And not just $1.5 million, but $1.5 million for work they didn't even do – the state still had to hire another firm to do the actual job. Nice non-work, if you can get it.

        http://www.rollingstone.com/...

        Small varmints, if you will.

        by aztecraingod on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 01:35:51 PM PST

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        •  meh, the republicans have cried SCANDAL!! (1+ / 0-)
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          so many times that a little deal like this wouldn't even set off the radar.

          :)

        •  Why did Daschle withdraw as Health Sec. again? (0+ / 0-)

          That was a huge pain in the ass, I recall. After it becoming pretty much common knowledge that he was getting Health Secretary, he let Obama down and had to step down. Typical Daschle.

        •  Owch. Yikes. (0+ / 0-)

          Shit, we're better than that usually.  I expect that from the more polluted waters of NYC, Boston and Chicago; I had to hold my nose to vote for Menino and I voted for an independent candidate against a Democrat for basically the only time in my life for, iirc, General Assembly, because the candidate running was so astonishingly incompetent and corrupt that I could not articulate a defense for voting for her.

          But the Southwest and West Coast usually have better governments than those areas.  So... yeah, yikes.  Kind of embarrassing.

          "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

          by auron renouille on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 04:29:03 PM PST

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      •  He was under investigation at the time (1+ / 0-)
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        for something or other.  Didn't pan out.  Perhaps a placeholder for Kerry, who can be SoS in '15 if he opts not to run again.

        "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

        by TLS66 on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 01:37:59 PM PST

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    •  Richardson had a zipper problem (1+ / 0-)
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      He was a play-ah.  Clinton tried to pass Monica on to him.

      •  Just like half the Republicans in office (1+ / 0-)
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        who act outraged and indignant if you even suggest it should impact their careers. And if young boys aren't involved, it usually doesn't.

        I'm fucking sick of IOKIYAR. REALLY sick.

        Jon Husted is a dick.

        by anastasia p on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 02:34:45 PM PST

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        •  I so agree with you... Rs are rage worthy. n/t (0+ / 0-)

          "There's nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires." - President Obama

          by fhcec on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 09:16:41 PM PST

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    •  Put him in anyway. (3+ / 0-)
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      They will piss off Hispanics even more. Give them even more of a reason to vote Republicans out in 2014 and beyond.

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