Sunday, January 04, 2009

Throwing Stones At Obama's Transparent White House

Richardson's withdrawal is a sign that Obama's over confidence has it's limits. The Republicans in the Senate should use this to their advantage and dig deep into every cabinet level appointee's ties. With Blago's ties, Rahm Emmanuel's dealings, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ties, the Senate Republicans can diffuse Obama's momentum effectively.

From the NYT

The Richardson withdrawal, first reported Sunday afternoon by NBC News, raises questions about the thoroughness of the Obama team’s vetting process, which had been touted as one of the most stringent ever. Stories about the investigation of the CDR contract and of the donations by David Rubin — the president of CDR and a major Democratic contributor — to the Richardson-linked political action committees have appeared in news reports at least since August.

In 2003 and 2004, Mr. Rubin gave about $100,000 to two political action committees that Mr. Richardson controlled, according to published reports.

An individual knowledgeable about the grand jury proceedings, who requested anonymity because of the secrecy of the proceedings, said last month that a grand jury was investigating “how CDR gets business in New Mexico and whether the governor’s office was involved in getting them business here.”

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