We’ve all seen the movie plot line. It’s been in every mob movie made to date. The mob boss needs an alibi. So, he makes a point of being seen somewhere other than the scene of the crime. After all, if he was seen by hundreds at a party, how could he possibly be linked to the crime in question. Sure, his hired guns were there, but hey, there’s no guilt by association, right?
The State Investment Council got together this week to hear what outside consultants found in their review of the agency.
To no surprise, Gov. Bill Richardson, who chairs the council and controls it through his appointment of a majority of its members, didn’t attend the council meeting.
As I first reported last February, Richardson has rarely attended the meetings of the State Investment Council, which invests billions of dollars in state endowment funds.
Now, the governor is using his absence in an apparent bid to distance himself from the scandal that has rocked the council over the past several months.
“The reality is I left decisions to my state investment board,” Richardson told reporters Tuesday. “I hardly attended meetings. I felt that I shouldn’t be part of decisions.”
Now we know why the movie industry loves to come to New Mexico. We provide great inspiration for future plot lines.