Amid a grand jury investigation into whether he exchanged government contracts for contributions to his failed presidential bid last year, former Clinton cabinet member and incumbent New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson withdrew his nomination for Commerce Secretary in the quickly arranged potential presidential cabinet of President-Elect Barack Obama.
This development helps to maintain the string of Democrat corruption scandals that began with the resignation of New York Democrat Governor Elliot Spitzer early in 2008 and the Senate seat selling scandal of Illinois Democrat Governor Rod Blagojevich at the end of 20o8.
The year was not a good one for politicians. Along with Democrat gubernatorial problems, the Democrat field of Presidential candidates saw its own share of trouble. Although Joe Biden’s short lived run for the democrat presidential nomination did not see him involved in another plaguerism scandal, the party’s former Vice Presidential nominee was caught with his pants down.
John Edwards was found to have been having an affair with a hired consultant that his presidential campaign committee paid tens of thousands of dollars to. All of which occurred while Edwards’ wife began a life threating battle with cancer and continue to stand by her husbands side on the campaign trail.
This latest development just reinforces doubts about politicians and it also creates some doubt about the incoming Obama administration.
Many Obama supporters criticized Senator John McCain and said that picking Sarah Palin was bad judgment and that his campaign did not properly vet her.
That criticism begs to question the judgement and vetting process of the Obama administration.
Did they not look into Governor Richardson before selecting him to be Commerce Secretary?
Maybe they did. Maybe they felt that anyone who could utilize government for personal profit as well as Richardson may have, would be perfect for a position such as commerce.
Yes siree, change is on the way. What kind of change we have yet to see.