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Always The Bridesmaid: Obama Names Bill Richardson For Commerce

December 2, 2008

For Bill Richardson and many Latinos, this is good news and bad news.  He was chairman of the 2004 Democratic National Convention as well as Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association in 2005 and 2006.  He has paid his dues.  The highly qualified Governor of New Mexico, former Big City Mayor, Ambassador to the United Nations, Energy Secretary and candidate for President of the United States has been asked by Barack Obama to serve as the Secretary of Commerce…..
Barack Obama is expected to nominate New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to head the Commerce Department, a senior Democratic source said on Tuesday.


President-elect Obama is expected to announce the appointment during a news conference scheduled for 1140 EST/1640 GMT on Wednesday in Chicago, his fifth since he began naming nominees for his Cabinet.

Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson in Albuquerque, August ...
Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson in Albuquerque, August 18, 2008.(Jim Young/Reuters)

The appointment of Richardson, a former U.N. ambassador and energy secretary who became an Obama supporter earlier this year after dropping his own presidential bid, would make him the first Hispanic named to Obama’s rapidly filling Cabinet.

Last week Obama announced members of his economic team including his nominee for Treasury secretary, New York Federal Reserve President Timothy Geithner, and this week he unveiled his national security team including his designate for Secretary of State, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Richardson, 61, had been a contender for the secretary of state post that went to his former Democratic presidential rival Clinton, but at Commerce he will play a key role in efforts to revive the faltering U.S. economy.

(Writing by John Whitesides; Editing by Sandra Maler from Reuters)

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