Richardson to withdraw as Commerce secretary

by thoughtfulconservative

From “MSDNC” via Badger Blogger who saw it at Michelle Malkin.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, tapped in December by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as secretary of Commerce, has withdrawn his name for the position, citing a pending investigation into a company that has done business with his state.

More can be found at Hot Air.

You know it almost makes one throw up one’s hands and tell Jack Lohman he’s right.

OK, I’m not quite there yet. But will more transparency really keep this stuff from happening so much?

Because we also see stuff like this, courtesy of James Rowen,

Forest Service Is Set to Allow the Paving of Logging Roads, Aiding Developer

Mark E. Rey, the former timber lobbyist who heads the Forest Service, last week signaled his intent to formalize the controversial change before the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. [Bold is mine]

What? A former timber lobbyist is running the Forest Service?

There are other things involved, if you read the whole thing, but it just seems wrong. I know that politicians become lobbyists and then politicians again so what good is transparency?

No wonder some call it P-I-G (Party-in-Government).

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