For Immediate Release
January 5, 2009

Contact: Eric Wagner (213) 747-7606, ext. 4427
Email: ewagner@naleo.org


NALEO STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR RICHARDSON'S WITHDRAWAL AS COMMERCE SECRETARY NOMINEE

LOS ANGELES — Today, the Executive Director of The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) issued the following statement regarding Governor Richardson’s withdrawal as nominee for Secretary of Commerce:

“The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), the nation’s preeminent Latino leadership organization, is deeply disappointed to learn that Governor Richardson withdrew his nomination to serve as the next Secretary of Commerce.  He has served our nation with great distinction as Ambassador to the United Nations, Secretary of Energy, a Member of Congress and he would have made an outstanding member of President-elect Obama’s Administration.  We know the people of New Mexico will continue to benefit from Governor Richardson’s public service as he completes his term.”

“President-elect Obama’s first lasting legacy would have been the seating of a Cabinet with three Latino members.  We urge President-elect Obama to not pass up on the opportunity to fulfill this legacy.  There is no shortage of qualified Latino candidates who are ready and able to serve in the capacity of Commerce Secretary, including Adolfo Carrión, Jr., Gil Casellas, George Muñoz, Federico Peña, Nydia Velázquez, and many others.”


###

ABOUT NALEO

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials is the leadership organization of the nation's more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials.