Comments Regarding Richardson's Withdrawal from Consideration of Commerce Secretary

We note that Governor Richardson's withdrawal from his nomination as the next Commerce Secretary is due to ongoing grand jury investigation of possible corruption related to political campaign contribution. We feel neither vindication or disappointment over this outcome. It is a development that we have no knowledge of nor would pass judgment.

President-elect Obama publicly acknowledged and thanked Richardson for putting the nation's interest ahead of his own by withdrawing from the nomination. So be it.

We continue to believe that it would in our nation's interest for Governor Richardson to acknowledge the error of his conduct and apologize to Dr. Wen Ho Lee and the Asian community for racial profiling and violation of judicial due process. Thus, if the current investigation absolves Governor Richardson and in the future he is again considered for positions of public service, at least his action that so offended the Asian American community need not be revisited again.

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