Politics

Bill Richardson Explains “Why Obama?”

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First, the negative campaigning and “you owe us” arguments really didn’t sit well with him…There was that “3 a.m.” TV ad, in which Clinton questioned Obama’s personal mettle. “That upset me,” Richardson said.

There were some ham-fisted phone calls from Clinton backers, who questioned Richardson’s honor and suggested that the governor, who served in President Clinton’s Cabinet, owed Hillary Clinton his support. “That really ticked me off,” Richardson said.

And after he really considered it, he was uneasy about the dynastic machinations of the Clintons…

He finally concluded that he had settled his debt to the former president: He had worked for Clinton’s election in 1992, helped pass the North American Free Trade Agreement as part of his administration, stood by him during the Monica S. Lewinsky sex scandal, and rounded up votes to fight impeachment.

“I was loyal,” Richardson said during an extended conversation over breakfast this week at the governor’s mansion in Santa Fe. “But I don’t think that loyalty is transferable to his wife…You don’t transfer loyalty to a dynasty.”

What’s interesting about the loyalty argument is how often Hillary has said Bill won’t be a significant part of the presidency…and yet Richardson should have supported Hillary because of the things Bill did for him? Seems to put the lie to that argument.

(source: LA Times)