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SANTA FE – Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano beat New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to a cabinet post in the Barack Obama administration by two days.
Originally Richardson’s appointment as Commerce Secretary was to be announced before Napolitano’s, but Obama decided to leave him off economic team announcements.
For awhile that was interpreted to be a slight or an indication that Richardson had problems. But now, it is being interpreted by the national press as an attempt by President-Elect Obama to give Bill his own special time in the spotlight.
Why? Because Richardson apparently came in second for secretary of state, which disappointed him and had the Hispanic community upset.
That may be why Richardson gave part of his speech in Spanish and didn’t translate it.
Some of Napolitano’s first announcements may give us an idea of what to expect here and they don’t bode well with those who are anxious to get on with it.
Napolitano says she plans to stick around Arizona until her confirmation as Homeland Security Secretary is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Late January is a pretty good target date.
That means she will be present for the opening of the Arizona Legislature on Jan. 12 and will be working on $1.2 billion in necessary budget cuts until then.
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