"It is with great pride, understanding and acceptance that I am ending my campaign for president of the United States," he told supporters in Santa Fe. "It's been an exhilarating and humbling year. An experience I will treasure and I will never forget."
Bill Richardson has posted several times at Bilerico and the site's publisher, Bil Browning, was among the first with the news and the scoop that Richardson would not endorse a candidate. The governor is very progressive and supportive of LGBT rights—background HERE and HERE—but ran afoul of the community over his comments at the LOGO presidential forum that suggested homosexuality was a choice.
In a field dominated by the so-called "rock star" candidacies of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, the governor often expressed frustration "when speaking to crowds, saying that while he had the experience to win, the front-runners were making that impossible by out-spending him 20 to 1. Such was the case in New Hampshire, where the Governor spent a mere $500,000 on ads compared to the $4.5 million each spent by Senators Obama and Clinton."
Richardson added diversity to the already diverse Democratic field, and, as a Mexican-American would have been the first Latino elected to the White House. He boasts an absolutely stellar resumé, having been elected to a second term as New Mexico governor in 2006, serving for 15 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, and, served as Ambassador to the United Nations and energy secretary in the Clinton Administration.
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Some Background ...
Richardson "Can Use a More Support from Gays" [R20]
"I'm the Most Pro-Gay Candidate" [R20]
Democrats Debate Homopohobia, Racism,HIV [R20]
Democratic Candidates Debate Gay Issues [R20]
Behind the Gay-Friendly Faces [Advocate]
The Advocate: Clinton vs Obama [R20]