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Richardson and the commerce department

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By Ralph Damiani

Well, Gov. Richardson is going to become an “economic diplomat” in President-elect Barack Obama’s administration – whatever that means.

He plans to step down as governor after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate. That could be late January to early February. Or in the middle of the 2009 Legislature’s session.

Oh well, more work for Diane Denish, who will become New Mexico’s first female governor.

Obama said of Richardson, “With his breath and depth of experience in public life, Gov. Richardson is uniquely suited for this role as a leading economic diplomat for America.”

Hmmm, but not as good as other folks – folks who on paper are far less qualified – got the jobs he wanted.

Richardson wanted to be president. But that slipped away.

Richardson wanted to be vice president. But that went away.

Richardson wanted to be secretary of state. But that was given away.

A job he should have gotten.

So Richardson took what was given him – commerce secretary.

You may be like me, wondering just what is the commerce secretary and what does he do?

Well, the job is defined as:


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