My Man Richardson Is Leading Candidate for Secretary of Commerce
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is the leading candidate for secretary of Commerce . . . .
Mr. Richardson, also a candidate for the 2008 presidential nomination, left the race shortly after placing a distant fourth in the Iowa caucuses in January. After dropping out, he endorsed Barack Obama, who was, at the time, locked in an intense fight with Hillary Clinton for the nomination. The endorsement drew sharp rebukes from some of Mrs. Clinton's top supporters, especially given his long career in the administration of her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Under Mr. Clinton, Mr. Richardson served as energy secretary, as well as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
As New Mexico governor, Mr. Richardson has drawn accolades for turning around New Mexico's reputation as one of the most backward and poorest states in the nation. During his first term, he rolled back taxes, instituted education reforms, and embarked on an ambitious public works program for the state.
Mr. Richardson was an early tout for secretary of state, in part because of his U.N experience but also because of the reputation he has built over the years for dealing with rogue regimes around the world.