This is the initial post in what I expect to be a long running series here at American Catholic: members of the Obama administration who resign in disgrace. First up: Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico, nominee for Commerce Secretary, who announced on Sunday that he was withdrawing his name from nomination.
Why was he doing this? Because he is enmeshed in a pay to play scandal. Did this suddenly blow up? Naah, this scandal has been brewing since 2004. Why was he nominated? Simple incompetence on the part of Team Obama, or did they not think it would matter until the Blagojevich indictment in Illinois? Probably mostly the latter. Expect more of this. More than a few of Obama’s nominees, most notably Senator Clinton, have plenty of skeletons hanging in their closets.