Richardson met with President-elect Barack Obama today in Chicago « New Mexico Independent
Sources are telling the Washington Post that Gov. Bill Richardson met with President-elect Barack Obama in Chicago today. If so, that appears to confirm whisperings making the rounds in recent days.
Richardson has long been considered a candidate for a cabinet post in Obama’s administration. But the question is which post?
In New Mexico, the scenario bandied about the most has Richardson on Obama’s short list for Secretary of State. But the Washington Post, and seemingly every other news outlet in the universe, has noted in the last 48 hours that Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., also is on that short list. Obama defeated Hillary for the Democratic presidential nomination.
News of the (Richardson) meeting comes after a similar face-to-face meeting Thursday between Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) sparked a day-long frenzy of speculation about the possibility that she could be Secretary of State.
Sources said Clinton is now a top contender for the job. Clinton, in an appearance televised live on Friday, said she would not speculate about Obama’s Cabinet selections. Her aides have referred questions about the process to the Obama transition team, whose officials are not commenting. Advisors warn that only a small handful of officials
know for certain where Clinton ranks on Obama’s short list, which also includes Sen. John F. Kerry of Massachusetts.
But one Clinton veteran who is in touch with the transition team called it a “real possibility.” Another said she has a “very good chance” of getting the job. Most notably, Obama advisors have done nothing to tamp down speculation about Clinton, as they did when it
became clear she would not be Obama’s running mate — even though letting her name hang in the air holds real risks for Obama if he ultimately does not select her, potentially reopening the Democratic primary’s wounds.
Richardson, who served as Energy Secretary and U.N. Ambassador under President Bill Clinton, has long been considered a possible candidate to run the State Department. Richardson angered the Clintons by endorsing Obama on March 21, providing the senator from Illinois a boost in his bid to become the Democratic nominee.
The mere mention of Clinton’s name raised questions about the advantages — and disadvantages — of selecting his former Democratic rival and former first lady, whom Obama passed over as his vice presidential running mate.