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Bill Richardson

Governor of New Mexico, nominated by Barack Obama to be Secretary of the Department of Commerce. Withdrew his nomination in early January 2009 after questions arose over kickback allegations in New Mexico; was immediately thrown under the Obama bus. The withdrawal upset the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, as they wanted a Latino at Commerce in order to - as they explicitly stated - influence the Census.

Richardson strongly supports illegal immigration in order to obtain race-based power. Supporter of the pan-Hispanic variety of ethnic nationalism (hear the quote). A related question for him is here.

Shilled for the Organization of American States at the same time as he was running for president of the U.S., a postion he continued to hold throughout his campaign. He may have actually been required to register with the Department of Justice as a Registered Foreign Agent, but no MSM reporters were (of course) willing to press him on that.

Supported Alberto Gonzalez simply because he's a fellow Hispanic.

Frequently lies, misleads, and plays the race card (also here, and see this disreputable performance).

Supported Elvira Arellano; even some on the left were unwilling to support a convicted felon who refused to leave the U.S. as ordered.

Supporter of amnesty ("comprehensive immigration reform").

Opponent of the border fence.

Sources say Richardson has a Daley-style patronage system in his state.

Speaking in Spanish to a crowd that almost assuredly would have understood English, he promoted immigrants learning English.

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Bill Richardson: "I don't think [Ted Cruz] should be defined as a Hispanic" - 05/06/13

... has former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson saying that Texas senator Ted Cruz shouldn't be a considered a real Hispanic. Transcript, bolding added: RICHARDSON: I'm not a fan [of Cruz]. I know he's sort of the Republican latest flavor. He's articulate. He seems to be charismatic, but I don't like his politics. I think he introduces a measure of incivility in the political process. Insulting...

NCLR letter for DREAM Act misleads (Richardson, Villaraigosa, Linda Chavez, Lionel Sosa) - 12/16/10

... Monica Lozano * Federico Pena * Bill Richardson * Solomon D. Trujillo (U.S.-born business executive who led an Australian company but who left that country in disgrace) [1] huffingtonpost.com/ janet-murguia/latino-leaders-urge-the-u_b_797766.html

Obama state dinner guests incl. Couric, Brian Williams, GE chairman, DreamWorks, NYT and WaPo reporters... - 11/24/09

... Penny Pritzker Civil servants: * Bill Richardson * Deval Patrick * San Francisco DA Kamala Harris Other: * Newt Minow * Deepak Chopra * venture capitalist John Doerr * Anita Dunn (of Mao fame) * Greg Craig (who was apparently recently pushed out of his job) * the CEOs of Honeywell and Caterpillar UPDATE: Note that there are many others on the list not mentioned above, including administration...

New Mexico gave out over 1000 driver's licenses to illegal aliens, others with bogus documents; Arizona no longer trusts NM licenses - 06/14/09

In 2003, New Mexico governor Bill Richardson signed a law that allowed that state to give drivers licenses to illegal aliens, and when he was running for president he continued to support the bill. And, since that time over one thousand probable illegal aliens have gotten licenses from that state using bogus documents. See the video report here, complete with examples of the documents. New Mexico...

Bill Richardson withdraws as Commerce Secretary - 01/04/09

... Associated Press are reporting that Bill Richardson is withdrawing his nomination to be secretary of the Department of Commerce (link). The reason is an on-going investigation into his links to a company that did business with New Mexico: "Let me say unequivocally that I and my Administration have acted properly in all matters and that this investigation will bear out that fact... But I have...

Bill Richardson: "Obama is an immigrant" (promotes CIR's "learn English"... in Spanish) - 12/07/08

... Colorado on September 1, 2008, Bill Richardson spoke to various "reporters" and apparently said this: Barack Obama is the best candidate for the Hispanic community because our community wants a united country. Obama is an immigrant. When he speaks to Latinos, he doesn’t just speak about immigration and civil rights... Video to the right. I put this more in the "stupid things ethnic nationalist...

Bill Richardson named Commerce Secretary - 12/03/08

Barack Obama has named Bill Richardson as Secretary of the Department of Commerce. From this:: [After the announcement, Richardson] addressed a news conference in Chicago in English and in Spanish, saying Obama has a vision he thinks will revitalize the American economy and restore the country's position of respect around the world. In addition, Richardson said, "It will be a great honor to...

Obama cabinet might include Democrat titans: Gore, Napolitano, Vilsack, Howard Dean, Caroline Kennedy... - 11/11/08

... Caroline Kennedy, Howard Dean, Bill Richardson, John Kerry, and many more truly titanic names. This link has a "transition flowchart", a PDF showing some potential picks and all of them are truly great figures who will help the Repu... er, I mean the Democrats. While this could all be a jolly joke, who knows since the head of the transition team is John Podesta and his think tank the Center for...

"Latinos push for Cabinet posts": NCLR, MALDEF, NALEO trying to embed supporters in Obama administration - 11/07/08

... administration are New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Obama's Hispanic adviser Federico Pena — two Democrats who previously served in the Clinton administration. ...[Raul Yzaguirre] said he and others addressed that issue frankly with Obama at their meeting several weeks ago. "We said, ‘Look, if you are going to see us as late-comers, that's not going to work. If you see us as partners from...

Ethnocentric Lionel Sosa working for John McCain (money from Mexican government?) - 07/16/08

... he crossed over and supported Bill Richardson because, as he said at the time, "Blood runs thicker than politics". Now, he's switched back and is working for John McCain: Sosa, the son of Mexican immigrants, said his San Antonio-based team is editing a five-minute video and a series of 30-second television spots featuring McCain. They're also taping testimonials from Hispanics who know McCain,...

Bill Richardson: the border is more secure; partnerships with Mexico - 05/08/08

From this: New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday that he has seen an improvement in security along the U.S.-Mexico border... Problems remain, but increased policing by state and federal authorities has significantly helped... Part of John McCain's (previous?) tactic to get amnesty involved the border being declared to be secure, something that would probably be done by border state...

Eve Fairbanks misleads about Wikipedia (+Kevin Drum) - 04/15/08

... blogs.tnr.com/tnr/blogs/the_plank/archive/ 2008/04/15/george-will-s-not-bitter.aspx [3] I made a recent edit to the Bill Richardson entry, which was rolled back. I'm not going to get into a fight over it, but others might consider doing so: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Bill_Richardson#controversies

SPLC's "The Year in Hate" misled about FBI hate crime statistics - 03/31/08

... the SPLC's misinformation: * Bill Richardson, in his endorsement of Barack Obama ("I have been troubled by the demonization of immigrants--specifically Hispanics-- by too many in this country. Hate crimes against Hispanics are rising as a direct result...", link) * The Associated Press' David Crary ("Hate Crimes Linked to Immigration Debate", 3/9, link) * Casey Woods of the Miami Herald ("Anti-...

Senator Bob Menendez floated as Hillary Clinton's vice presidential candidate - 01/24/08

From this: John F.X. Graham, one of Hillary Clinton's National Finance Co-Chairs, thinks that...

Huckabee, Obama: what happens when no one asks tough questions - 01/03/08

Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee have won the Iowa Caucuses. Neither are qualified for any elected office, and for the same reason: their strong support for illegal immigration.

Black and Brown debate features childish race card tricks (Richardson as Hillary's VP?) - 12/02/07

... to be a livable wage." Then, Bill Richardson: "As the only brown member in this debate, is there any chance we could have civil rights equity and have the brown guy get a little more time?" Horror writers alone could imaging what it would be like to have him as president or vice president. Would playing the racial victim card help him with North Korea or Iran? Looks like Hillary Clinton is...

CNN Democratic debate November 15, 2007 - 11/15/07

... Suzanne Malveaux then tossed it to Bill Richardson, who simply launched into his stock legalization speech. CNN is wasting your time and allowing unfounded claims and lies to be spread. From the transcript (link), here's the question: It seems that many political commentators such as Lou Dobbs are guiding the debate and strongly shaping U.S. policy on immigration by insinuating a linkage to...

Mel Martinez quits as RNC chairman; Peter Wallsten/LAT offers pro-illegal immigration spin - 10/21/07

... disclose that Sosa is supporting Bill Richardson for president. He even did so in explictly racial terms: "Blood runs thicker than politics". Note that Wallsten himself wrote the article where he said that. This time around he says: "Mel Martinez was a symbol of the party's outreach to Latinos, and that seems to be disappearing... It is not a good day for Latino Republicans, that's for sure."...

"Mexico's Fox openly calls for North American Union" - 10/15/07

Calling all North American Union apologists. Please see this: In a promotional tour for his new book, "Revolution of Hope," Fox told NPR's "Talk of the Nation" audience: "That's part of my Americas dream, that we can build our future together. We are partners with United States and Canada through NAFTA.

Vicente Fox: FTAA common currency (Amero), Hillary for president, Bill Richardson, driver's licenses, lies about heathcare... - 10/11/07

... "great man"... * Said that Bill Richardson was a "excellent man" and that "he's so Mexican in his interior"... Transcript here; excerpts in the extended entry. The first point resulted in this: Former Mexican President Vicente Fox confirmed the existence of a plan conceived with President Bush to create a new regional currency in the Americas, in an interview last night on CNN's "Larry...

Tim Russert/MSNBC Democratic "debate" features journalistic incompetence - 09/26/07

... expect. Then, after endorsing Bill Richardson's stock "reform" speech, he says: If it means temporarily engaging in a sanctuary protection here, then so be it if that protects our country. Sanctuary policies would allow illegal aliens who are terrorists to remain here to plot and carry out attacks; see the remarks from September 11 Commission member John Lehman. Then, after Kucinich reads...

Wall Street Journal still pushing Hispanic vote chimera - 09/16/07

The Wall Street Journal offers what is probably a daily attempt to support importing cheap labor in "Hispanics and the GOP" (possible author: Stephen Moore).

Democratic Spanish-language Univision debate September 9 transcript - 09/09/07

The transcript contains some real valuable nuggets. Here's John Edwards: Just a few months ago, I was in Canton, Mississippi, as part of a poverty tour, and I met with poultry workers who worked in a poultry plant in Canton, Mississippi. And one of them was a man named Daniel who had been badly hurt on the job. And because of his injuries, he wasn't able to work.

Democratic debate September 9 (Quebec) - 09/09/07

[UPDATE: Nuggets from the transcript.] The Democratic candidates for president are currently pandering debating on Quebec TV Univision. The first immigration question I've seen was a question from crack "reporter" Maria Elana Salinas. She wanted to know whether the candidates support a "wall" (muro) on the border with Mexico, but not with Canada. The answer, of course, is obvious.

Philip Elliott/AP interviews Bill Richardson about immigration, Soviet style - 09/04/07

Philip Elliott of the Associated Press offers "AP Interview: Richardson understands immigration concerns". Tough questions like these have not been seen since the glory days of Pravda/Izvestia. In fact, the interview is very short and there are no questions that even hint at his policies, much less point out the gaping flaws in same.

Would a 42 foot ladder industry be such a bad thing? (border fence, Napolitano, Richardson, Perry) - 08/28/07

... "joke"? It's been made by both Bill Richardson and Janet Napolitano; no word on whether Arnold Schwarzenegger has said it as well. Perhaps they got together at a recent border states meeting and wrote down piffle on index cards or something. Or, perhaps the AILA or some similar group started it. While there are far more worthy questions to ask them, perhaps throwing their absurdity right back at...

Bill Richardson misleads on immigration (again, and again...) - 07/28/07

... for the OAS, on June 12, 2007 Bill Richardson made two misleading statements about immigration: 1. He offered the now-standard "false choice" between a massive legalization plan (i.e., amnesty) and mass deportations. He forgot to mention a third choice: "attrition". Under that plan we'd enforce our current laws in order to encourage many illegal aliens to return home voluntarily. 2. He claimed...

Shocker: politicians are scared of citizen questions - 07/27/07

Mitt Romney is apparently going to pull out of the next CNN/Youtube "debate" because he doesn't want to answer questions like those from snowmen. Rudy Giuliani is likewise unsure. Hugh Hewitt thinks it will turn into a chance for CNN to ask a series of leftwing questions, and is suggesting against taking part. A look at the questions for the debate submitted so far shows that they have little to...

CNN/Youtube Democratic debate: live coverage - 07/23/07

[UPDATE 5: 10/15/08 McCain/Obama coverage here.] [UPDATE 4: 10/07/08 McCain/Obama coverage here.] [UPDATE 3: 10/02/08 Palin/Biden coverage here.] [UPDATE 2: 9/26/08 McCain/Obama coverage here.] [UPDATE: If you too think the debate sucked, please

Progressives: urge Clinton, Obama, Richardson, Edwards to support Elvira Arellano's "campaign of resistance" - 07/02/07

... Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, and John Edwards and urge them to at least support Arellano, and perhaps even her "campaign of resistance" if we're lucky. You can read her declaration here: Hours after the Senate voted against advancing the immigration reform project, the Mexican activist Elvira Arellano announced a campaign of resistance against the U.S. government. In a...

Stopped calendar: Bill Richardson wants to be frank with Mexico - 06/21/07

... right track every four years. Bill Richardson is a lot like that, saying yesterday at a town hall meeting in Phoenix that we should tell our friends to the south: "Hey Mexico, why don't you help your people and do something to give them jobs. Maybe we will do something with you to help create jobs at the border.

Bill Richardson Lied about the Border Fence - 05/27/07

... Democratic presidential contender Bill Richardson lied about the border fence: MR. RUSSERT: The wall hasn't worked? GOV. RICHARDSON: No, it hasn't worked. MR. RUSSERT: Anywhere along the border, the fence hasn't worked. GOV. RICHARDSON: It hasn't worked. What has worked is more border patrols.

Bill Richardson still "special envoy" for Organization of American States - 05/23/07

In response to my query, Bill Richardson's communication director informs me: Governor Richardson has never "worked" for the OAS. Last year he was appointed a special envoy to the Secretary General for Latin America. That means the SG could call on the Governor to assist, on a purely humanitarian and voluntary basis, if he felt there was a situation that required diplomacy from someone like...

Bill Richardson isn't running exclusively as a Hispanic (wink, wink); would support amended Senate amnesty - 05/23/07

... know he's 1 of them": Democrat Bill Richardson has officially entered the presidential race with a naked appeal to Hispanics, saying in an interview that it's "rudimentary politics" to make sure the country's fastest growing voting bloc knows he's one of them. Richardson announced his candidacy in both English and Spanish from the heart of the U.S.

John Edwards is going to help stop amnesty - 05/18/07

Imagine what would happen if an amnesty supporter were forced to endure an hour-long, nationally-televised interview just about immigration matters where they were asked a series of tough questions about amnesty and forced to defend what they support. As long as the questions were tough enough, and they were asked follow-up after follow-up, their lies and misleading statements would be revealed.

Nerve hit: Bill Richardson supporters respond to his ethnic nationalistic comment - 05/15/07

In March I put a Bill Richardson video on Youtube (link) containing audio of him saying the following: "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...

Democrats think supporting border fence is a weakness? (Bill Richardson) - 04/23/07

The usually better Stephen Dinan offers "United on immigration, Democrats divide voters": In New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina, the questions about immigration arise repeatedly -- and Democratic presidential candidates say they know they are alienating some of their strongest supporters by calling for legalization of illegal aliens. While some of the top Republican candidates have begun...

Bill Richardson not yet supporting Alberto Gonzalez ouster... because he's Hispanic - 04/19/07

Bill Richardson has shown once again that he's completely unfit for any political office. From this: Presidential candidate and New Mexico Gov.

Joe Biden responds to question from Youtube user - 04/04/07

Jeff Jarvis from BuzzMachine has a new site called PrezVid.com. He's encouraging everyone to upload videos to Youtube asking the candidates questions.

MoveOn.org to pester Barack Obama, John Edwards, Hillary Clinton, others on April 10 - 04/02/07

Received via email: Do you mind if we invite Barack Obama, John Edwards, and Hillary Clinton to talk with MoveOn members about Iraq in your living room? (OK, they'll be in about 1,000 other living rooms at the same time, but it's still unlike any other political gathering that's ever happened before). It's the first ever MoveOn Virtual Town Hall Meeting. Those candidates and others [1] will...