I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
Guv to stay in New Mexico for most of 2009 legislative session
Gov. Bill Richardson said Tuesday that he’ll be around as governor of New Mexico possibly through the end of February.
That means he’ll likely remain as governor through the first half, if not longer, of the 2009 60-day legislative session.
Richardson has said repeatedly that he will not resign as the state’s chief executive until the U.S. Senate confirms him as commerce secretary, a post President-elect Barack Obama has nominated him for. “We estimate that will be sometime in February, most likely the middle to the latter part,” Richardson said.
The governor added that the timeline is consistent with that of other governors nominated to cabinet-level posts.
He also said that President-elect Obama agreed that he should stay in Santa Fe to deliver the State of the State address on Jan. 20 rather than attend Obama’s inauguration in Washington, D.C.
Richardson said his State of the State address will outline his legislative priorities for the legislative session.
He added that he and his staff are including Lt. Gov. Diane Denish and her staff in drafting the budget priorities as well as other legislative priorities. Denish will take over as governor once Richardson leaves, becoming the first female governor in the state’s history.