New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who had to withdraw from the Secretary of Commerce cabinet position back in the beginning of the year due to a federal investigation, has now been cleared of criminal charges.
If you remember, Richardson was involved in an investigation of pay-to-play in regards to donations from CDR Financial Products, which in turn was given an advisory role on state transportation bond transactions.
On another note, this week Governor Richardson has been in Cuba on a state trade mission for agricultural goods. While there, he stopped by Ernest Hemingway’s home, which is now a museum and presented a replica of a vintage telephone used by Hemingway to curators. He also said that US citizens should be able to visit cultural sites such as this one.
“There’s a link between Hemingway and the United States and Cuba, and now there’s a New Mexico link,” he said. “I think enhancing cultural and artistic and educational ties is a prelude to diplomatic and commercial ties. It always happens that way.”
“I’m for enhanced tourism travel for Americans.”
I would have to agree with Governor Richardson about enhanced travel privileges to Cuba. It would promote a greater understanding. And at this point, I don’t think we or the Cuban people gain much from the existing arrangement.
Photo Credit: Aug. 26, 2009 Govenor Richardson in former home of writer Ernest Hemingway in Cuba (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)