Monday, January 05, 2009

Bye-bye Bill

Now that Bill Richardson has withdrawn his name as Commerce Secretary nominee, is it time to wonder what the point was of that 63-page application form for nominees for the Obama administration to fill out. This was supposed to be the most exhaustive vetting process ever and it missed something that was reported in the media in August of this year. Shouldn't Richardson have included information about the Grand Jury investigation in his application? And why does he suddenly now think that he needs to withdraw his name? Presumably he knew about this a month ago. Did he really think that the investigation would be completed over the holidays? It sounds like the Obama team and the Richardson camp are busy casting blame on each other as to whether he was up front with them about the Grand Jury investigation.

UPDATE: It sounds like the investigation isn't going to stop in New Mexico.
According to federal law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation, federal officials are also looking into CDR's political and financial ties to Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, as well as to Democrat state and local officials in Illinois, California, Florida, and Pennsylvania.

Rendell placed Rubin on a political patronage commission in Pennsylvania, and Rubin was also given a seat on a Los Angeles City commission back in 2002, both seemingly as the result of political contributions to political action committees. Rubin has also been a financial supporter of Rev. Al Sharpton.

CDR also had close business ties to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, marketing and selling financial instruments created through low-income housing "lease to own" programs across the country. "If someone wants to understand just how deep Democrats are into the housing bubble and the economic crisis, they should look at some of the financial wheeling and dealing around some of those 'lease to own' programs," says a former Freddie Mac lobbyist based in Washington. "It's a veritable 'who's who' of Democratic state and local politics from New York to Los Angeles."

8 comments:

The Mighty Quinn said...

Obama was not vetted. The only candidate that Democrats think should have been vetted is Sarah Palin.

toadold said...

63 pages to fill out! I wonder if any executive would totally fill that out himself or had it over to staff and say, "Make it look good."
At most it should be no larger than 2 pages notarized, signed in blood, and with a pulled lock of the applicants hair attached. Then his/her nearest living relative should be sent to Germany for an interview by ex-Stasi.

mark said...

Sounds like pre-Blogo they were willing to fight a bit for Richardson if necessary. Post-Blogo, not so much. You'd think/hope there would be enough competent people out there to not even consider someone with baggage.

Pat Patterson said...

For years it was almost reflexive that a businessman would have difficulties running for public office because of the business decisions he made. Now we are fast approaching the point where political decisions are making politicians unfit for office.

I can only assume that the next way to pick will involve something more substantial than good teeth, a good Q rating and the ability to make money and make political decisions that actually don't involve making any decisions at all.

ic said...

Now they tell us: right after MSM's candidates are elected, when the next election rolls around, these corruptions will be old news.

toadold said...

I do wonder about some of these after election revelations. Charles Rangle in particular. It is almost like someone in the Justice Department is trying to throw him under the buss to make his committee chair and his Senate Seat available. Especially since the stuff he's done is not exactly a deep secret in New York?

JILLIAN BANDES said...

"...is it time to wonder what the point was of that 63-page application form for nominees for the Obama administration..."

Its clear why he filled it out....because we needed SOME proof that people actually complete the entire thing, and don't develop severe carpel tunnel / waste away alltogether.

The Vegas Art Guy said...

And this is news why? He's a democrat and this will get swept under the rug like all the rest of the democratic 'scandals'. After all he's really just the victim of another right wing neo nazi GOP witch hunt, and it's not really his fault...


/end sarcasm...