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Obama Cabinet nominee pulls out

Contract investigation bogs down Richardson; First bump in process for president-elect

Governor Bill Richardson denied fault. Governor Bill Richardson denied fault.
By Sasha Issenberg
Globe Staff / January 5, 2009

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WASHINGTON - Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico yesterday told President-elect Barack Obama that he was withdrawing as nominee to be secretary of commerce amid a federal grand jury investigation into how some of Richardson's political donors won $1.5 million in state contracts. The move represented the first public snag in Obama's attempt to assemble his Cabinet. (Full article: 698 words)

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