A New Search for Commerce

While the political wonks were trying to figure out whether New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson was nudged or pushed out of the proposed Obama Cabinet over a continuing probe in the state, business leaders and Hispanic groups were already wrangling over who will be named Commerce Secretary in Richardson's stead.

because of an investigation of a state contract given to a financial-services company. Richardson denied that he did anything wrong, but said the probe could delay his confirmation hearings.

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