Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM)

Governor Bill RichardsonBill Richardson (D-NM) was elected governor of New Mexico in 2002 and reelected in 2006. Under the state’s term limits law, he cannot run for reelection in 2010.


  • Used state investments to benefit political allies
  • Allowed pay-to-play scandals to plague his administration
  • Rewarded close associates with state positions or benefits, including providing a longtime friend and political supporter with a costly state contract
  • Failed to make state government more transparent
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