May 25, 2013
Richardson Backs Obama
Posted on Mar 21, 2008
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who gave up his own run at the nomination in January, is endorsing Barack Obama. The nod from the country’s only Latino governor comes at a point in the campaign when the Hispanic vote will be less of a factor.
Still, it’s good news for Obama, who has suffered through a spate of terrible news cycles. According to the L.A. Times, Obama’s campaign is planning “a series of such endorsements and announcements.”
As a former Clinton White House official, Richardson had been under pressure to support Hillary, but he said recently of his obligation to the former president: “I paid him back. Because I served well.”
Many progressives had gravitated toward Richardson, who, other than Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel, had perhaps the strongest anti-war platform. But his role as secretary of energy in the immoral imprisonment of American scientist Wen Ho Lee is a permanent stain on his record.
Updates: You can watch video of Richardson’s announcement and read up on how he almost went for Hillary and his response to the Clinton campaign’s dismissal of his endorsement here.
Also, Clinton fixture James Carville says the timing of the endorsement is appropriate, since it’s like Judas betraying Jesus.
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