Beverly Keel of a magazine called "American Profile" offers a profile of New Mexico governor Bill Richardson entitled "Talking It Through". I'm not familiar with that site, but it looks like they offer "nice" news and don't do investigative journalism. Even taking that into account, the article is extremely flattering. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if he tries to use it as his official bio. A sample:
With a resume that includes seven terms in Congress and stints as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and the U.S. Secretary of Energy, the four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee often was the nation's go-to guy when delicate negotiations with Iraq, Cuba, Sudan and North Korea required face-to-face encounters.
But he stresses that he is an American first, albeit one who cherishes his Hispanic heritage. "I don't want to be known as a professional Hispanic, that everything I do is because I'm Hispanic or I only serve Hispanics," says Richardson, who says he dreams in English but reverts to dreaming in Spanish after periodic vacations in Mexico. "I serve a broad constituency: Native Americans, Anglos, Hispanics, progressives, Republicans. I don't compromise my values, but I never liked to highlight my Hispanic-ness."
Now, let's take a look at this older Bill Richardson quote:
"These are changing political times where our basic and programs are being attacked. Illegal and legal immigration unfairly attacked. We have to band together and that means Latinos in Florida, Cuban-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans, South Americans - we have to network better - we have to be more politically minded - we have to put aside party and think of ourselves as Latinos, as Hispanics, more than we have in the past."
Politics · Mon, 09/11/2006 - 12:39 · Importance: 1