Update on Governor Richardson – Cleared of Criminal Wrongdoing

August 27th, 2009 · 4 Comments

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)

Tags: Bill Richardson · Cuba · ethics

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 BettyM // Aug 28, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I’m sure the Cuban people appreciate Americans spending their time and money there. I’m in favor of “enhanced tourism travel” but I won’t be going to Cuba because I would rather spend what little money I have in the “Land of Enchancement” (New Mexico).

  • 2 Michaelr // Aug 31, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    It sure looks like supporters of Hillary Clinton were successful enough in politically staining Bill Richardson’s reputation long enough to banish him from the limelight of the Obama administration. However, maybe now he may sneak in.

  • 3 DoctorH // Aug 31, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Looks like another case of Whitewater to me.

  • 4 Jose Arevalo // Nov 8, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    I believe the trouble he got into, was the price he had to pay for giving his electoral vote to Obama when the Clintos had backed him up as political allies for years. It cost him his reputation and his post as Secretary of Commerce.
    I don’t believe in coapiracy theories but what about Kennedy who was going to take Hillary’s place in Congress? Just before she got nominated, she backed up because she was threaten with being publicly denounced as a employer of Undocumented workers! She gave her electorate vote to Obama as well.

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