New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson today ended his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination after back-to-back fourth-place finishes in the first two contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. Richardson planned to announce his decision Thursday at a final campaign rally at the New Mexico State Capitol in Santa Fe but nobody really gave a damn.
Richardson had brought an extensive resume to his candidacy, including experience from his time in Congress, President Clinton's Cabinet as energy secretary, as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, as well as his unique role as a freelance diplomat. In the end however he was dogged by disastrous, sudoriferous performances on Sunday morning talk shows, an affinity for Alberto Gonzalez, and lack of press.
Richardson vowed to return to New Mexico and continue whipping the state's two million people, 27th ranked economy, and 43rd ranked education system into shape.