Clinton Camp 'Ticked Me Off': Richardson

NM governor backed Obama after Hillary got aggressive
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2008 3:34 PM CDT
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, accompanied by Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., speaks at news conference in Portland, Ore., Friday, March 21, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Bill Richardson says negative ads and arm-twisting phone calls from the Clinton camp pushed him to back Barack Obama last month, the Los Angeles Times reports. The New Mexico governor, labeled a "Judas" after supporting Obama, says he almost backed Hillary until her "3 a.m." ads came out—and Clintonites called saying he owed her support. "That really ticked me off," he said.

Obama, by contrast, called personally every few days, and the two became friends. “I saw real growth in the guy,” said Richardson, a former member of Bill Clinton's cabinet. He also contends that he did not betray the Clintons. “I was loyal,” he said. “But I don’t think that loyalty is transferable to his wife. You don’t transfer loyalty to a dynasty.”