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Governor Richardson’s Racist Comment

It wasn’t that long ago that Governor Richardson had that embarrassing accidental presidential candidacy announcement on Fox News. You remember, right? The one where he defined how he was running, and then had to backpedal fast to say he didn’t mean he was running. Here, let me refresh your memory:

In a news release issued around 5:30 p.m. today, Gallegos added: “FOX News incorrectly reported that Governor Richardson has announced he will run for president. When asked directly whether he will run for president, Governor Richardson said he will make a final decision in January.

“Other comments from the interview were taken out of context based on a hypothetical question that FOX News posed about the Governor’s strengths should he run for president.”

Fox’s Web site quoted Richardson as saying “I am Hispanic, which I believe is an asset. But I’m not running as an Hispanic. I am running as an American who is proud to be Hispanic.”

Well, it looks like that episode is about to come back and bite the Governor yet again. This time people are surely going to take notice that less than six months have passed since, Governor Richardson was emphatically proclaiming that he was “not running as an Hispanic.”

Yet, yesterday Governor Richardson was quoted as saying:

Presidential candidate and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) said Monday the reason he has not called for the removal of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is that the two both have Hispanic backgrounds.

Richardson, in an interview with The Hill, said he is “pretty close” to making such a call, but added that he is reluctant to do so before Gonzales’s Senate testimony despite the high-profile involvement of New Mexico in the U.S. attorneys scandal.
“The only reason I’m not there is because he’s Hispanic, and I know him and like him,” Richardson said, adding, “It’s because he’s Hispanic. I’m honest.

“I want to give him the benefit of the doubt.”

WHOA! The Governor of New Mexico, who also happens to be running for President of the United States, is on the record as saying that he is not calling for removal of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales because Gonzales is Hispanic? That is SO wrong on SO many levels.

First off, it’s racist (and it’s not the first time). For Governor Richardson to say he is holding AG Alberto Gonzales to a different standard level because he is Hispanic is insulting to all Hispanics.

I take that back.

It’s insulting to everyone who supports equal treatment under the law regardless of someone’s race. How can Bill Richardson the “accomplished” diplomat, who loves to tout his nomination for several Nobel Peace Prizes, not know that there is something terribly wrong with making political decisions based on racially defined parameters? How can someone like this be seriously considered as a candidate for President of the United States?

I don’t think he can. Imagine the other candidates – on either side of the aisle – saying they are withholding judgment because the individual in question, like them, is: Caucasian, African-American, Mormon, or a woman. Now imagine them getting elected to the highest office in the land. You can’t right? Me either.