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The Washington Post is reporting that New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is in the mix to be the next Secretary of Commerce. Other Latinos in the mix are Miami Mayor Manny Diaz for Housing and Urban Development or Department of Labor, as well as AFL-CIO officer Linda Chavez-Thompson for Labor.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has emerged as a "serious contender" to head the Commerce Department under President-elect Barack Obama, according to a Democratic official close to the proceedings.
Richardson was originally in the mix to be the secretary of State but Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) is now expected be announced for that post after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Commerce was originally rumored to be going to Penny Pritzker, the finance chairwoman of Obama's campaign and a close friend of the Illinois senator, but she removed herself from consideration on Thursday due to an inability to extricate herself from a series of complex business ties. - Washington Post.