|Richardson's Touchy Little Problem?
||[Jan. 21st, 2007|04:10 pm]
Oh Eight! Nerding Out on the 2008 Elections
The often-awesome Steve Clemons (of the Washington Note) wastes no time in hammering Bill Richardson, right as he's out of the gate as a Presidential Candidate. |
I will frame this as a "question" for Bill Richardson.
Have you behaved inappropriately or not in public settings with female members of your government administration, jokingly or not? Have you gestured to female public servants and political appointees -- who work as colleagues with you -- and made lewd gestures, specifically pointing to them and then pointing at your crotch with a room full of media and other politicos there in the room?
I ask it because I was not in the room when this particular incident occurred but many others were -- and rumors have long swept around Santa Fe that Bill Richardson makes a constant festive joke out of demeaning women. These incidents don't have to do with the comments by Lt. Governor Diane Denish that Richardson is a "touchy" and "feely" Governor. They have to do with questions about a far more crude kind of gesture that demeans professional women.
Clemons brings this up partially because he actually likes Richardson and thinks he needs to address this issue if he's going to be a viable candidate. But he also brings it up suggesting that if any of this is true, Richardson should seriously reconsider his candicacy.
There's more in Clemons' post that raise other, fundamental issues about Richardson's approach to governing. Definitely worth a read.