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Richardson withdraws Commerce nomination

When President-elect Barack Obama announced last month the nomination of New Mexico governor Bill Richardson as Commerce Secretary, many in the space industry cheered, given comments in the fall about making sure the Obama Administration would be pro-commercial-space. However, in a stunning development Sunday, Richardson has withdrawn his nomination, citing an unspecified investigation into a company that does business with the state. Richardson told NBC News that while he believes the investigation will find no evidence of any wrongdoing by him or others in his administration, “the ongoing investigation also would have forced an untenable delay in the confirmation process.” Richardson will remain New Mexico governor.

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