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리차드슨 내정자는 4일 성명을 통해 자신과 뉴멕시코주 행정부는 모든 문제들과 관련해 적절히 행동할 것이지만 현재 진행중인 조사가, 몇주, 아니면 몇 달이 걸릴 수도 있어 자신에 대한 상원에서의 인준을 지연시킬 수도 있을 것이라고 말했습니다.

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New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has withdrawn his name for nomination as U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's commerce secretary, because of an investigation into a company that has done business with his state.

In a statement today (Sunday), Richardson said he and his administration (in the southwestern U.S. state)have acted properly in all matters. But he said the ongoing investigation could take weeks, or months, and could delay his Senate confirmation.

The governor said he could not "in good conscience" ask Mr. Obama to delay the U.S. commerce department's work, given the gravity of the economic situation the nation is facing.

Mr. Obama said he accepted Richardson's withdrawal with "deep regret." The president-elect said Richardson's decision is a measure of his willingness to put the nation first.

A federal grand jury is investigating how a California financial company that contributed to Richardson's political activities won a lucrative New Mexico state contract.

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