There is a lot of murmuring about Bill Richardson being investigated by a Federal Grand Jury. That has now resulted in him voluntarily pulling his name from the Commerce Secretary nomination by President Obama.
I have always been fearful of Grand Juries. There are no defenses put on in a grand jury by the accused since the the juries are led around with a leash by prosecutors who may or may not want to make a name for them selves. I don't know if this is the case in this current investigation but I have been told that the US Attorney's Office has been after the Governor for a long time. Is this all part of the Bush Administration's vigor in finding Democrats to prosecute? Who knows?
I know one person who was questioned by the grand jury on whether or not his appointment to a 'run of the mill' board was the result of this person's political contributions to the Governor's campaign. This appointment was nothing special but the prosecutors tried to make a big deal out of it in front of the jury. Nothing came of it, but how did it influence the jury?
There are now rumors that Marty Chavez might ascend to the Commerce Post. One can only wonder what his ABQPAC controversy will bring to the table during vetting. What ever happened to all that money anyway?