Sunday, December 26, 2010

Richardson's legacy

The Journal explored Gov Bill Richardson's legacy this morning,
in great detail. The conclusion of the headline editor was that Big Bill's legacy was "unclear".

It is in fact, a "mixed" legacy of impressions, all of which are very clear.

If you are believer that trains and tracks to nowhere are a good thing, yours is a clear impression of his legacy.

If you are a believer in transparency limited only by the law, honest accountability to meaningful standards of conduct and competence for politicians and public servants within their public service, and in a seat at the table for stakeholders, your impression of his legacy is diametrically opposite.

It is clear that legacy depends on perspective.

For anyone looking for the truth, for anyone trying to pry public records out of the hands of recalcitrant politicians and public servants, link, Richardson's legacy is one of obfuscation.

photo Mark Bralley

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