January 5th, 2009

Obama official: Richardson's withdrawal "doesn't have a huge impact"

An Obama official worked Sunday to downplay Gov. Bill Richardson's withdrawal as Commerce Secretary, saying it wasn't as if the country's Treasury Secretary had withdrawn.

Here's  that story  from Politico.com. Also, this story from Political Punch suggests Richardson wasn't forthcoming to Obama with information about the investigation. . . 

So what now for Santa Fe? Look for fallout at the Capitol and all across state government as plans get changed -- again -- before one of the most important legislative sessions. More on the changes here.

Richardson at press conference: "I was hurting" over decision

Gov. Bill Richardson on Monday morning say he “was hurting” over his decision to withdraw as President-elect Obama’s Commerce Department secretary and maintained he’d done nothing wrong.

“While this decision was a difficult one, I think it is the right thing to do. I made the decision over the weekend after exploring my options,” he said at a Capitol news conference.

Richardson took a handful of questions from reporters but wouldn’t comment on an ongoing federal investigation of a company that did business with the state.

He reiterated he’s done nothing wrong.

“I have faith in the criminal justice process, and we must allow it to run its course,” he said. I also don’t want to jeopardize the process by commenting on it today,” Richardson said.

Richardson answered a few questions, but declined to say whether he has a lawyer during the less-than-seven-minute press conferece.

The governor tried hard to seem jovial at the press conference, twice telling reporters that he was sorry he ruined our Sunday. . .

Update, 12:18 a.m.

Hear Richardson's press conference here.