Thursday, June 23, 2005

THIS JUST IN ...

This will be all over New Mexico TV news in the next hour or so and in the papers tomorrow, so I might as well post this now.

Gov. Bill Richardson says he's going to slow down on the highways.

Check this blog and The New Mexican tomorrow. For now, here's a press release from the governor:

Governor Bill Richardson Issues Statement On Reports of Speeding

For Immediate Release
LOS LUNAS- Governor Bill Richardson today issued the following statement regarding recent media reports of his state police drivers speeding while transporting the Governor to an event in Albuquerque:

“A lot of people, especially the media, have had some fun at my expense regarding reports of my state police drivers exceeding the speed limit.

I enjoy humor, and I can take legitimate criticism. In politics, you get used to criticism.

I am the first to admit that I try to cram as much business as possible into each and every day. As you know, I’m impatient. We have a lot to do to continue to move this state forward.

The dedicated state police officers who drive my vehicle are the best. They have been specially trained in dignitary protection by the Secret Service. They have never operated the vehicle in a way that would risk the safety of me or other drivers on the road. I will also never question them when they believe security is an issue.

But I am not above the law. Hurrying has never been about me- it’s about getting things done for the people who elected me. Sometimes I have gone fast- too fast. I won’t stop working to move New Mexico forward, but I have instructed my drivers to slow down and follow the speed limit on the highway.

I’m not going to stand here and say we’ll never speed again- there may be exceptional circumstances. But we are going to slow down.

I hope this will put this distraction to rest, and we can move on with the important work we are doing on education, jobs, fighting DWI and domestic violence, and what I’ll be doing later today and tomorrow- helping to keep Cannon Air Force Base open.”

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