Schmitt resigns over background check — ’ He’s gotten a little strange…’
This article offers more reactions to the event than yesterday’s did:
SANTA FE - Former astronaut Harrison Schmitt resigned Thursday from Gov. Susana Martinez’s cabinet after refusing to submit to a background investigation as part of the Senate confirmation process.
State senators said they would not have confirmed Schmitt unless he agreed to the investigation and it turned up no problems.
“If you ask everybody else to undergo an investigation, he has to do it, too,” said Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales.
Schmitt, who walked on the moon and has a Ph.D. In geology from Harvard, was Martinez’s most celebrated cabinet designee.
Garcia said Democrats in the House and Senate had talked of sending a letter to Martinez encouraging her to pull Schmitt’s nomination.
Sen. Eric Griego, D-Albuquerque, said he favored that tactic. He called Schmitt “a bad choice.”
Griego said this was not a slap at Martinez, as he is carrying her nominee for secretary of the Taxation and Revenue Department. But Schmitt, Griego said, had made “stupid comments” on immigration, race and the environment.
Former governor David Cargo, a Republican who calls Schmitt by his nickname of Jack, said this controversy provided an opportunity for Schmitt to step aside.
“I know Jack very well. He’s gotten a little strange in recent years, talking about environmentalists being communists,” said Cargo, 80. “I said, Jack, I’m an environmentalist and I’m not a communist.’ He said, ‘but you’re different.’ “
Heh. Read it all.
The word “resign” is not correct, he withdrew his nomination.