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Dem Official: Obama to tap Richardson for Commerce

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Gov. Bill Richardson to be announced as new Commerce Secretary Gov. Bill Richardson to be announced as new Commerce Secretary

By LIZ SIDOTI
Associated Press Writer

CHICAGO (AP) - Democratic officials say President-elect Barack
Obama plans to name New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson as his choice
for Commerce Secretary on Wednesday.

Richardson was Energy secretary and United Nations ambassador in
the administration of President Bill Clinton. He sought the
Democratic presidential nomination this year, but eventually
dropped out and endorsed Obama.

He is one of the nation's most prominent Hispanic politicians,
and was in the U.S. House before joining Clinton's Cabinet.

The Democratic officials said Tuesday that Obama will join
Richardson at a news conference in Chicago on Wednesday. They would
speak only on condition of anonymity because the announcement
hasn't been made.

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