"The Obama White House will have some sort of major scandal early on. This won't be tied to anything that Barry does directly, it'll be another of those "guilt by association" deals they keep trying to tag him with. But this time, it'll be serious, and he'll have to tell somebody high profile to kick rocks."The Associated Press on January 4th, 2009.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Sunday announced that he was withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama's commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract.I guess that sorta makes up for another of my predictions that went up in smoke today.
Richardson's withdrawal was the first disruption of Obama's Cabinet process and the second "pay-to-play" investigation that has touched Obama's transition to the presidency. The president-elect has remained above the fray in both the case of arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the New Mexico case.
A federal grand jury is investigating how a California company that contributed to Richardson's political activities won a New Mexico transportation contract worth more than $1 million. Richardson said in a statement issued by the Obama transition office that the investigation could take weeks or months but expressed confidence it will show he and his administration acted properly.
Richardson said he will remain as governor.
The North Carolina Tarheels will go undefeated and easily win the NCAA Basketball Championship in Detroit.Now that it's been established that I can predict basically anything (except sports), if you'd like to send me some money to invest on your behalf, hit the PayPal Commissary link and we'll get it poppin'. I promise I won't pull a Madoff on you.
Question: Should I apply for Ms. Cleo's old gig? Who does Barry choose as Bill Richardson's replacement?
Richardson withdraws bid to be commerce secretary [AP]