Last updated 1-8-09 at 3:11 p.m.
Richardson’s withdrawal erases nothing
To the Editor:
I have been among those that objected to the nomination
of Gov. Bill Richardson as the next secretary of commerce. Richardson’s
recent withdrawal from his nomination as the next commerce secretary
is due to ongoing grand jury investigation of possible corruption
related to political campaign contribution.
I feel neither elation nor sadness over this outcome.
It is a development over which I have no basis to pass judgment.
President-elect Obama publicly acknowledged and
thanked Richardson for putting the nation’s interest ahead of
his own by withdrawing from nomination. So be it.
I am among those that continue to believe that
it would be in our nation’s interest for Gov. 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 Richardson
and in the future he is again considered for positions of public service,
at least his action that offended the Asian American community need
not be revisited again.
— Dr. George Koo, San Jose, Calif.