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.
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.
Supporter of amnesty ("comprehensive immigration reform").
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.