Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM)
Bill 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