Dem Official: Obama to Tap Richardson for Commerce

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, accompanied by Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., speaks at news conference in Portland, Ore., Friday, March 21, 2008, after a rally where Richardson announced his endorsement of Obama. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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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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