How busy are Bill Richardson’s busy hands?

posted at 12:48 pm on March 8, 2007 by Allahpundit

Politico tries to answer the question by finding out what Kerry’s people learned when they vetted him for VP in 2004. Answer: inconclusive. Jim Johnson, a D.C. lawyer who did the vetting, will only say they he didn’t find anything that would have disqualified Richardson. Richardson’s campaign manager claims Johnson told him they found nothing having to do with sexual harassment; a reporter in New Mexico likewise claims to have gotten a call in July 2004 in which Johnson “sang Richardson’s praises.” He quoted Johnson at the time as saying he’d “looked very comprehensively at all of the information available to us” and discovered no impropriety.

Others are a bit more coy:

Three other people — either senior Kerry aides or Democrats involved in the vice presidential search process — said in interviews that Richardson’s past was not subject to any examination aimed at determining whether his personal conduct with women was a potential political problem.

These Democrats, who declined to be quoted by name discussing a sensitive personal matter, said that Richardson withdrew from consideration by Kerry before undergoing a final round of vetting. The final round would have required delivering financial documents and other information to Johnson and his team for an intensive examination of a candidate’s fitness for high office…

Another Kerry aide … said it was inappropriate to use the vetting as a credential. “We never gave anyone a clean bill of health, or not.”

An old article in the Free New Mexican quotes at length the person who finally pushed this story into the media: the lieutenant governor of New Mexico, Diane Denish. He only grabbed at her like an annoying little brother might do, she insisted — except that she also spoke to his deputy chief of staff about the problem and admitted she tried to avoid not being near him, as well as her struggle not to throw a fit in public about it.

You know, like a little sister might do.

But here’s the real meat, courtesy of an unlikely source. Or is it? Richardson’s a fairly centrist Democrat; it may just be HuffPo’s way of purging the heretics from the party ranks.

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 this not to demean or undermine Richardson.

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.

These concerns I have heard may be completely contrived, but after speaking with several senior level New Mexico officials, my sense is that it needs to at a minimum be addressed by the Governor who wants to be President. Some suggest that Richardson “can’t stop himself” or “doesn’t even realize what he is doing” or thinks that “this sort of thing is part of New Mexico’s political scene.”

That post was written on January 21, right around the Democratic candidates were announcing the formation of their exploratory committees.

Ace has more about Richardson’s little brotherish behavior towards Denish and provides our exit question: if Mickey Kaus knows something about Richardson doing this to women, why doesn’t he or someone else report it? Why the parade of hints?

Update: Ace is working a source who says he’s heard from eyewitnesses that Richardson’s hands are busy indeed.


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LakeRuins on March 8, 2007 at 12:53 PM

So in other words he’s a lightweight Bill Clinton.

tommuck on March 8, 2007 at 12:54 PM

They have to do with questions about a far more crude kind of gesture that demeans professional women.

He must have learned well at the knee of the Master, Billy Jeff.

KelliD on March 8, 2007 at 12:55 PM

He must have learned well at the knee of the Master, Billy Jeff.

KelliD on March 8, 2007 at 12:55 PM

Unfortunate phrasing, that.

James on March 8, 2007 at 1:02 PM

I’m just saying.

KelliD on March 8, 2007 at 1:18 PM

exit question: if Mickey Kaus knows something about Richardson doing this to women, why doesn’t he or someone else report it? Why the parade of hints?

A “shot across the bow” to all others in the field…….

“Mind your place…..”

(whisper…….. clinton waaaarrrrr roooooommmmmm)

PinkyBigglesworth on March 8, 2007 at 1:18 PM

That wasn’t Helen Thomas coming out of Bill Richardson’s office with JGF hair, was it?

Oh, my GOD!!!!

PinkyBigglesworth on March 8, 2007 at 1:20 PM

Hey, Pinky, those vomit buckets still on backorder? Thanks to you I had to grab my office trash can.

KelliD on March 8, 2007 at 1:28 PM

“Sanchez should have revealed his past activities to CPAC, and Richardson should have revealed his to the Kerry camp” –in fairness, and with nuance, JaHerer22 and honora

Entelechy on March 8, 2007 at 1:34 PM

He has the D after his name. He can do anything he wants.

Bob Packwood called. He wants to retroactively switch parties.

JammieWearingFool on March 8, 2007 at 1:39 PM

All the more reason why he will be (let’s hope) the Dem’s candidate in the next election.

He’s in the back of the pack now, but the front runner this early never wins the primary. He’ll win the primary because he’s an Hispanic with an Anglo name, he’s nowhere near as far to the left as the other dhimmis, he’s been the Ambass to the U.N. and most of all, he’s a state gov’nor.

It’ll be good news for us if he’s the Dem candidate because we can beat him, and if not, well he’s no Hillary/Obama/Edwards far leftwing socialist douchebag … at least from what I know about him. I seem to remember him having problems with Klinton for not being with him on his more lefty ideas. The worst I’ve see on him so far is his opposition to a border wall. But NONE of the dhimms want that anyway.

We gotta get a strong Pubbie in there and hopefully he/she will be running against a moderate Dem. If we get a far lefty Dhimm … we might as well all convert to islam now and get some seniority. Better yet, a civil war.

Tony737 on March 8, 2007 at 1:39 PM

So in other words he’s a lightweight Bill Clinton.

tommuck on March 8, 2007 at 12:54 PM

Actually, from the photos, it looks like he could stand to lose a few pounds.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on March 8, 2007 at 1:39 PM

We all know how this plays out. If he was a Republican, the slightest hint of allegation–even if there’s no actual evidence of wrongdoing–would be enough to have Democrats wanting to burn him at the stake. Since he’s a Democrat, naturally those same people will give him a free pass. And frankly, in a party that idolizes Bill Clinton, the former Serial Sexual Harasser-in-Chief, to do otherwise would be amazingly hypocritical even by liberal standards. (And that’s saying something, since hypocrisy is a central tenet of liberalism.)

The only difference in Richardson’s case is that he’s running for President, and his political rivals–who could care less about whether he actually did anything wrong–will try to exploit the situation against him if he becomes a threat to them.

ReubenJCogburn on March 8, 2007 at 1:41 PM

KelliD on March 8, 2007 at 1:28 PM

Sorry KelliD, after the Scooty Libby verdict, all sold out (agian)………

PinkyBigglesworth on March 8, 2007 at 1:43 PM

When I see that photo of him I think of two words:

Governor Blutarsky.

JammieWearingFool on March 8, 2007 at 1:51 PM

JammieWearingFool on March 8, 2007 at 1:39 PM

I think you came up with the answer. Just before a Republican is “outed” for any wrong doing, he switches party to the Dems. Automatic immunity. After being defended and cleared, he switches back.

right2bright on March 8, 2007 at 2:11 PM

Ah, now I know the evil man Hillary was talking about.

- The Cat

MirCat on March 8, 2007 at 2:37 PM

PinkyBigglesworth on March 8, 2007 at 1:43 PM

Damn! Well then please no more references to Helen Thomas (or any other liberal womyn) with JGF hair. EWWWWWW I just made myself throw up.

KelliD on March 8, 2007 at 2:41 PM

I look forward to the day when the new DNC HQ has been imploded and replaced by a hot dog stand.

In the formulistic words of the real estate developers: “It is, in the opinion or our experts, the best possible use for the land.”

Potestas Democraticorum delenda est!

georgej on March 8, 2007 at 2:45 PM

Well, well ,well…..another slick willie.

csdeven on March 8, 2007 at 3:30 PM

Sorry Reuben, I have to fix this for you….

We all know how this plays out. If he was a Republican, the slightest hint of allegation–even if there’s no actual evidence of wrongdoing–would be enough to have Democrats and semi-pseudo-conservatives wanting to burn him at the stake.
ReubenJCogburn on March 8, 2007 at 1:41 PM

There, that’s more accurate!

csdeven on March 8, 2007 at 3:36 PM

KelliD on March 8, 2007 at 2:41 PM

PinkyBigglesworth on March 8, 2007 at 1:43 PM

I have a limited supply of the blue barf bags they use in ER’s (from the ER, my wife has some gastrointestinal problem no one can figure out). If all else fails quart size ziploc bags do nicely, easy to keep a few in the car.

mrfixit on March 8, 2007 at 4:00 PM

Allah,

I covered Richardson’s odd habit of touching back in Dec 20, 2005 and wondered if his was an adult form of Tourette Syndrome or his “tic” with his continual habit of reaching out and touch someone…er….yeah where he’ll just say “I’m just joking….” just to cover up his, um, touching habits.

Kokonut on March 8, 2007 at 4:54 PM

But on the other hand…

right2bright on March 8, 2007 at 5:57 PM

Good for a Saturday Night Live skit.

Touchy, feely moments….

Kokonut on March 8, 2007 at 8:23 PM

Words cannot describe my dislike of My Governor.
Whats great is this state went red but I am wondering if the Wilson/Plame immigration is gonna swing us back blue.
Or bring out the red contingent once and for all.

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on March 8, 2007 at 9:01 PM