NBC News and others are reporting that New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has notified Barack Obama that he is withdrawing as Secretary-designate of the Commerce Department. The move comes as Richardson's administration is investigated for allegedly trading state contracts for campaign contributions.
Richardson's camp denies any impropriety, but says he has to back out because his name won't be cleared in time for him to face Senate confirmation hearings. It's also important to note that the Obama folks are probably really interested in distancing themselves from any kind of activity that looks remotely like a Blagojovich problem.
I was an early supporter of Richardson for president last year. Me and about 13 other voters. Now it looks like his political career will end in disgrace. It's a sad statement about a guy who has accomplished so much.