New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has admitted that a widely reported story about his life is untrue.
For many years now, biographical sketches of Richardson have stated that the former Energy Secretary and UN Ambassador was drafted by the Kansas City
Athletics professional baseball team. Now, prompted by an investigation of the story by the Albuquerque Journal
, the Governor has admitted that
indeed, he was not drafted.
In a written statement in response to the Journal's request for information, Richardson stated "After being notified of the situation and after
researching the matter ... I came to the conclusion that I was not drafted by the A's..."
Gov. Bill Richardson is coming clean on his draft record _ the baseball draft, that is, admitting that his claim to have been a pick of the Kansas
City A's in 1966 was untrue.
For nearly four decades, Richardson, often mentioned as a possible Democratic presidential candidate, has maintained he was drafted by the Kansas City
The claim was included in a brief biography released when Richardson successfully ran for Congress in 1982. A White House news release in 1997
mentioned it when he was about to be named U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. And several news organizations, including The Associated Press, have
reported it as fact over the years.
But an investigation by the Albuquerque Journal found no record of Richardson being drafted by the A's, who have since moved to Oakland, or any other
Informed by the newspaper of its findings, the governor acknowledged the error in a story in Thursday's editions.
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Well, it is probabaly best that Richardson admitted the lie now, rather than a few years from now when he is in the throes of his expected run for
As a NM resident (at least until Monday), I couldn't care less - this is just icing on the proverbial Bill Richardson cheesecake. For certain, folks
have lost their jobs in other high-profile situations when it was discovered that they had padded their resume (eg. they football coach at Notre Dame
a few years back). One would think that someone would know
whether or not they had been drafted and wouldn't need to do a lot of research to
confirm something they have been claiming for nearly 40 years.
[edit on 11/25/2005 by ChemicalLaser]