Thursday, February 10, 2011

Schmitt Withdraws

Here's the press release from the governor:


N. HARRISON SCHMITT WITHDRAWS NOMINATION TO LEAD STATE’S ENERGY, MINERALS AND NATURAL RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
 SANTA FE – Governor Susana Martinez issued the following statement following Senator Harrison Schmitt’s decision to withdraw his nomination to serve as the State’s Secretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources:
 
“Senator Schmitt is a former NASA astronaut who underwent a complete background check by the Department of Public Safety as part of his nomination process.

“Senator Schmitt was willing to allow a private investigator access to his personal information, but he was not willing to waive that investigator’s liability for any improper actions or use of that information. While one can understand Senator Schmitt’s concerns, complying with the Legislature’s request is necessary to restore public confidence in state government. That’s why I am requiring all of my cabinet secretary designees to comply with that request and this has led to Senator Schmitt withdrawing his nomination. 

“I wish Senator Schmitt the best in his future endeavors and I will work swiftly to find a qualified replacement to lead New Mexico’s Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.”

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2 comments:

  1. Steve, as I comprehend your article, the case is this: "Senator Schmitt was willing to allow a private investigator access to his personal information..."

    Nothing wrong with that.

    "...but he was not willing to waive that investigator’s liability for any improper actions or use of that information."

    What can be wrong with that? If an investigator were to improperly use any of that information, the investigator should be liable. And, the Governor and her administration should be liable also.

    I'm no fan of Schmitt, but it seems that Suzana Tejana is driving too hard a bargain to her prospective appointees.

    I would have done the exact thing Schmitt did, and told them to go jump in Cochiti Lake.

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  2. Schmitt likely has something to hide and this excuse that any information would be leaked is baloney!

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