President-elect Barack Obama is trying to find a replacement for New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who has withdrawn his name from consideration to be Secretary of Commerce in the Obama cabinet. Richardson has been sidelined by a federal ethics probe into a $1.5 million state contract to CDR Financial Products of California.
There has been some speculation that the President-elect may do some shuffling within the cabinet because of a lack of alternatives for the Secretary of Commerce. According to the New York Daily News, an anonymous source has said that former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack may be moved from the Secretary of Agriculture slot into the commerce position. Some believe there are more viable candidates to select from to head USDA.