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?
- Richardson is the first credible Hispanic candidate in U.S. history (he does speak fluent Spanish);
- Heâ€™s a wildly popular governor of a competitive but â€œredâ€ state;
- He has experience in Congress (seven-term House member), in the executive branch (Secretary of Energy), in international institutions (ambassador to the United Nations), and in international diplomacy (having engaged in negotiations in countries ranging from North Korea to Sudan).
- Heâ€™s Roman Catholic;
- Governors tend to perform better than senators in presidential elections.
Of course, elections arenâ€™t held on paper, but for a candidate with Richardsonâ€™s talents, thatâ€™s not a bad pitch.
Donâ€™t underestimate this one. Richardson has a great resume, heâ€™s very personable, he has a knack for generating publicity, and he has a compelling narrative to share with voters. Keep an eye on him; heâ€™s likely to do well.