Monday, January 05, 2009

Pre-Inaugural Scandals

Bill Richardson withdrew his name from contention as Commerce Secretary yesterday, because of a federal grand jury's investigation of how a California company won a lucrative contract in New Mexico after it contributed to Richardson's campaign.

Add this to Obama's links to the Illinois governor's legal problems surrounding his attempt to sell Obama's vacated Senate seat, and once again we find Obama surrounded -- but supposedly untouched -- by scandal. Remember during the campaign that Obama left behind Reverend Wright, ACORN, Bill Ayers and Tony Rezko. Now we can add the names of Bill Richardson and Rod Blagojevich.

The word "vetting" comes from horse racing, where horses were evaluated by a veterinarian to make sure they were healthy and in good condition to run a race. In politics, vetting means to thoroughly examine the past of a candidate for a position to determine if anything could arise out of his past that would be a liability while he is campaigning for office. And, if he wins, whether something could hinder his ability to do the job.

It certainly appears that our unvetted President-elect has trouble vetting people around him.

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