Friday, November 21, 2008

NBC Report Says Richardson To Be Named Sec. Of Commerce; Media Frenzy Set Off Late Friday; We've Got You Covered 

NBC News is reporting that NM Governor Richardson will be named Secretary of Commerce on Monday. If he gets the job, NM sources say they expect Richardson to remain Governor until January 20 when Obama is sworn in. That is the same say the 60 day NM legislative session begins. In early November our sources said Commerce Secretary was one of four jobs Richardson told the president elect he would be interested in filling. The other three were secretary of state, head of the World Bank and ambassador to China. 

We spoke with NBC affiliate KOB-TV about the latest Richardson developments, which credited our November 6th blog as being the first media outlet--nationally or locally-- to mention the possibility of Richardson becoming Sec. of Commerce. We also helped with coverage of the big story for CBS affiliate KRQE-TV. The New Mexican hits with a quick analysis ABQ Journal Washington correspondent Michael Coleman e-mails us with a smile saying the Journal deserves some love for being first in resurfacing the commerce story Thursday. No problem, Michael. But we're like dogs chasing the car. If Richardson gets this thing, then what?

When Richardson leaves for Commerce, Lt. Governor Diane Denish will become governor and fill out the remainder of Richardson's term which runs through 2010. She will become the first female governor since NM achieved statehood in 1912. Denish, 59, is a native of Hobbs, NM.

More as it develops....

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