Richardson: Not So Easy Going Home Again

Mixed reactions greet return of Santa Fe's political dynamo
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Jan 6, 2009 12:31 PM CST
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson walks into the room for a news conference, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009 in Santa Fe, N.M. after withdrawing his nomination as U.S. Commerce Department secretary.   (AP Photo / Craig Fritz)
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(Newser) – His cushy Cabinet post yanked out from underneath him, Bill Richardson is heading home to the state that made him a national player, reports the New York Times. And while New Mexico might be a let-down for Richardson, (“Sometimes your own dreams and plans must take a back seat to what is best for the nation,” he says) not everyone is happy to see him ride back into town either.

"We’ve all written a lot of stories about pay-to-play, and none of them have stuck," says one local journo, who calls Richardson the "Teflon Governor." Political opponents are less than thrilled to welcome back the "bully": “Everyone was thinking he’d be gone. It is what it is,” says the state Senate majority leader. But to others, he's getting a taste of their pain: “He’s been laid off. Like half the population," says one out-of-work veterinarian.