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…
LULAC says Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez should be a contender for commerce secretary
National Latino leaders say President-elect Barack Obama should nominate another Latino for commerce secretary to replace New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who withdrew his name from consideration for the position Sunday.
The League of United Latin American Citizens has already put together a list of 10 Latino elected officials it feels would be good candidates, which Politico says will be presented to the Obama transition team. And our own Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez is on the list, by the way.
Maybe the political gyrations in New Mexico caused by federal politics aren’t quite over yet.
LULAC Executive Director Brent A. Wilkes said the organization wants to see the Obama administration maintain its trajectory of having three Latinos in the Cabinet. The other two nominees are Rep. Hilda Solis, D-Calif., for labor secretary, and Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., for interior secretary.
Richardson was called the “most important” in terms of Latino appointments by Gilbert Sandate, chairman of the Coalition for Fairness for Hispanics in Government.
Sandate and Wilkes both said they understood why Richardson withdrew his name from consideration. Nonetheless, they both expressed regret. Wilkes said he thought Richardson still had a “wonderful career” ahead. And Sandate said Richardson “is the bellwether … the high-water mark and the leading Hispanic political figure as far as we are concerned.”