Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico is no longer under consideration for the job of Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Administration. A grand jury is looking into charges of pay-to-play in the awarding of a state contract to a company that contributed to Richardson. The Governor says that he has acted properly, but that the investigation could drag out the confirmation process at a moment when quick action is needed to address the country’s dire economic situation. Santa Fe Public Radio's News Director Bill Dupuy joins The Takeaway with the story.
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