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61. His actual record on LGBT isssues as governor is better than his verbal gaffes would suggest
I think his use of the word "choice" in the LOGO debate was more bad articulation than anything else. The episode on the Imus show is more troubling, at least from the account I've read. But he did personally apologize to the guy who was the recipient of the name calling.

Did Mike Easley apologize for calling Obama a "pansy"?

Here's some recent Richardson news.......

Equality Forum honors Richardson at annual gala
by Matthew E. Pilecki
EDGE Contributor
Wednesday May 7, 2008

Equality Forum honored New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson with its annual International Role Model Award at a gala at the National Constitution Center on Saturday, May 3.

With Equality Forum in full-swing across the city this past weekend, the Philadelphia-based organization honored New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson with its annual International Role Model Award at the National Constitution Center on Saturday, May 3. Equality Forum honored Richardson for expanding his states anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, providing health insurance for domestic partners and other pro-LGBT legislation.

"My counterparts, including some of my gay and lesbian counterparts, told me not to include transgender because the bill would go down," Richardson said as he reflected upon expanding New Mexicos hate crimes laws and expanding the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act to include gender identity. "They said later is better, and I said, No. Were going to do it because were going to be a model for this country. And you know what? We did it."

The former Democratic presidential candidate discussed his views on the election -- and the role LGBT issues will play this November -- in an interview with EDGE Philadelphia.

"I think for issues, such as LGBT issues, we need a president who can get things done and who can reach across party lines," he said. "I think Obama will work with Republicans and Democrats to pass legislation for equivalent domestic partnership laws and put an end to Dont Ask, Dont Tell."

Richardson endorsed Obama in March after he dropped out of the race following a disappointing fourth place finish in the New Hampshire primary. He said he believes it is essential to advance inclusive legislation when asked about the Human Rights Campaigns decision to support a version of ENDA without gender identity and expression. Richardson also said he feels civil unions that extend the same rights as marriage, are the necessary next step.

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  -Obama's VP: Take this to the Bank: lamprey  May-10-08 02:19 PM   #0 
  - I keep thinking Richardson. I like him so much and he's a  JenniferZ   May-10-08 02:22 PM   #1 
  - Richardson isn't rock solid on GLBT issues  MonkeyFunk   May-10-08 02:28 PM   #8 
  - Another reason I don't like Richardson.  jesus_of_suburbia   May-10-08 02:29 PM   #11 
  - His entire campaign can be described as a series of horrid gaffes  anonymous171   May-10-08 02:29 PM   #13 
  - Richardson had the backbone to support Obama when it really counted  WillYourVoteBCounted   May-10-08 04:38 PM   #59 
  - That is so disappointing. Good grief. nt  JenniferZ   May-10-08 02:32 PM   #19 
  - It is disappointing  MonkeyFunk   May-10-08 03:02 PM   #38 
  - Bill Clinton passed DOMA yet you seem to adore him  JackORoses   May-10-08 03:04 PM   #41 
  - No, a republican congress passed it  MonkeyFunk   May-10-08 03:08 PM   #42 
     - Not only did Bill Clinton gleefully sign it, he said he agreed with every word of it. Hillary too.nt  invictus   May-10-08 03:28 PM   #49 
     - gleefully? Nah  MonkeyFunk   May-10-08 03:32 PM   #52 
        - Well, he ran ads on Christian radio trumpeting how he signed it.  Eric Condon   May-10-08 09:50 PM   #78 
     - excuses,excuses  JackORoses   May-10-08 04:36 PM   #58 
        - Yeah, and on GLBT issues, Obama is a politician, too.  Dinkeldog   May-10-08 04:50 PM   #62 
        - Walk me through  MonkeyFunk   May-10-08 07:39 PM   #69 
  - His actual record on LGBT isssues as governor is better than his verbal gaffes would suggest  newmajority   May-10-08 04:49 PM   #61 
  - Not gonna happen - it would be a big FU to Hillary supporters.  jesus_of_suburbia   May-10-08 02:28 PM   #10 
  - Why? Because Richardson endorsed Obama? ....  PoliticalAmazon   May-10-08 03:02 PM   #39 
  - How about a woman? NOT Hillary  MikeDJohn   May-10-08 06:52 PM   #67 
     - no way in hell that will happen  Skittles   May-10-08 09:36 PM   #73 
  - Sorry, but over at HillaryIs44, they'll be calling the ticket  NewHampshireDem   May-10-08 02:34 PM   #23 
  - Richardson for Secretary of State  merh   May-10-08 02:39 PM   #25 
  - Agreed. And here's who I recommend --  jefferson_dem   May-10-08 02:22 PM   #2 
  - That won't work. Jim Webb is on his 3rd marriage, his wife on her 2nd.  panAmerican   May-10-08 02:29 PM   #12 
  - do you really think that matters as much in 2008?  jesus_of_suburbia   May-10-08 02:31 PM   #16 
  - Ofcourse it does matter,  spokane   May-10-08 08:09 PM   #70 
  - People expect bitterness in a breakup, but 3 failed marriages!?!  panAmerican   May-10-08 10:17 PM   #82 
  - McCain can't fling any dirt about marital problems...  misanthrope   May-10-08 02:54 PM   #34 
  - I like Webb or Clark  jesus_of_suburbia   May-10-08 02:30 PM   #14 
  - Did you read the criteria  spokane   May-10-08 08:23 PM   #71 
  - Need him too much in the Senate  knight_of_the_star   May-10-08 09:43 PM   #76 
  - All I hope for is that they are not DLC, and did not support this criminal war.  killbotfactory   May-10-08 02:23 PM   #3 
  - Man, you just described Wes Clark  AchtungToddler   May-10-08 02:24 PM   #4 
  - No I did not advocate Clark!  lamprey   May-10-08 02:30 PM   #15 
     - I said you described him. I'm doing the "advocating".  AchtungToddler   May-10-08 02:36 PM   #24 
        - I agree with the criteria and agree Clark meets all of the criteria well.  MindMatter   May-10-08 03:31 PM   #51 
  - That leaves Ronald McDonald  SaveAmerica   May-10-08 02:26 PM   #5 
  - NO! - Some compromise will be necessary. TOO MUCH  lamprey   May-10-08 02:32 PM   #18 
  - I think Ronald McDonald is fundamentalist LDS'er  ruggerson   May-10-08 07:08 PM   #68 
  - I would also add that it NOT be a sitting Senator, unless he or she is from a state  DAGDA56   May-10-08 02:26 PM   #6 
  - *cough* Clark *cough*  NewHampshireDem   May-10-08 02:27 PM   #7 
  - Sorry ... I was not suggesting that you were being sneaky in your support of Clark  NewHampshireDem   May-10-08 02:51 PM   #30 
  - Tim Kaine!  george_maniakes   May-10-08 02:28 PM   #9 
  - Sorry, no one from Virginia.  Dinkeldog   May-10-08 04:53 PM   #63 
     - whats tim kaine got to do with that? n/t  george_maniakes   May-10-08 09:29 PM   #72 
        - He's the governor of Virginia, right? That's what my google came up with.  Dinkeldog   May-11-08 09:32 AM   #85 
  - He's going to need a well known moderate with lots of experience.  anonymous171   May-10-08 02:31 PM   #17 
  - Clark and Webb fit that perfectly  Bleachers7   May-10-08 02:32 PM   #20 
  - I'd be delighted with Richardson as his VP, I really got to like him in the earlier campaign.  scarletwoman   May-10-08 02:32 PM   #21 
  - Russ Feingold?  Hope And Change   May-10-08 02:33 PM   #22 
  - Sounds a lot like Wes Clark.  gmudem   May-10-08 02:40 PM   #26 
  - I AM NOT ADVOCATING CLARK  lamprey   May-10-08 02:40 PM   #27 
  - We Get It  DarthDem   May-10-08 02:57 PM   #35 
  - We are in the midst of an unpopular war. I suspect he'll pick someone with military experience.  Clear Blue Sky   May-10-08 02:41 PM   #28 
  - I like Kaine & Feingold - but I think he needs Clark  TBF   May-10-08 02:42 PM   #29 
  - Didn't he say he wouldn't, though?  nxylas   May-10-08 03:01 PM   #37 
     - If he doesn't consider Clark a strong candidate, he is not thinking this through.  Leopolds Ghost   May-10-08 03:12 PM   #44 
     - It's not absolutely necessary, but would be helpful.  Clear Blue Sky   May-10-08 03:30 PM   #50 
  - Al Gore fits.  tridim   May-10-08 02:52 PM   #31 
  - He did his time in hell  kenny blankenship   May-10-08 03:04 PM   #40 
  - I wouldn't ask it of him, but if he volunteered I'd be on the bandwagon  TheDoorbellRang   May-10-08 03:23 PM   #48 
     - You don't want to know what I'd be willing to do to make Al Gore President  kenny blankenship   May-10-08 03:50 PM   #55 
  - Amen to that! Al Gore would be perfect  TheDoorbellRang   May-10-08 03:22 PM   #47 
     - Isn't Gore just interested in the top job? I love Gore - he is always my first choice for any dem  TBF   May-10-08 04:40 PM   #60 
        - Probably not. But still, think what they could accomplish together  TheDoorbellRang   May-10-08 06:43 PM   #66 
  - Clark or Webb?  DarthDem   May-10-08 02:53 PM   #32 
  - The neo-liberal vultures hovering around Obamas campaign will tell him Clark doesn't put Ark in play  Leopolds Ghost   May-10-08 03:16 PM   #45 
  - Colorado will be in play  Dinkeldog   May-10-08 05:00 PM   #64 
  - richardson  nomorewhopper   May-10-08 02:54 PM   #33 
  - Too bad Wes Clark doesn't have better ties to the Clinton campaign  grantcart   May-10-08 02:58 PM   #36 
  - I think there's one no brainer candidate for VP  Blondbostonian   May-10-08 03:12 PM   #43 
     - Ew no he doesn't  graycem   May-10-08 03:20 PM   #46 
        - I have to disagree Rendell is THE no brainer candidate for VP  grantcart   May-10-08 03:40 PM   #53 
           - hahaha!  graycem   May-10-08 04:08 PM   #56 
  - Wow, no love for Edwards here. I'm surprised.  kenny blankenship   May-10-08 03:46 PM   #54 
  - I LOVE Edwards, I think he's be great!  WA98296   May-10-08 09:39 PM   #74 
  - We're gonna need an attorney general.  boppers   May-10-08 09:41 PM   #75 
  - You just described the anti-  zidzi   May-10-08 04:12 PM   #57 
  - I believe Phil Bredesen  Tippy   May-10-08 05:12 PM   #65 
  - Webb  NormaR   May-10-08 09:43 PM   #77 
  - You just described Wesley Clark  Husb2Sparkly   May-10-08 09:51 PM   #79 
  - OK - To Play devils Advocate - How does Clark  lamprey   May-10-08 10:12 PM   #80 
     - Arkansas *is* bluable, I think, but no matter .......  Husb2Sparkly   May-10-08 10:27 PM   #83 
  - So Hillary Clinton is the choice?  sfam   May-10-08 10:16 PM   #81 
  - Clark, Clinton, or Richardson is my guess.  jaredh   May-10-08 10:39 PM   #84 
  - Nunn :Old politics and DADT at its best; Zinni - unknown;  lamprey   May-11-08 12:46 PM   #86 

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