Richardson To Get Commerce Post

Bill Richardson has been tapped as Obama’s Secretary of Commerce.

President-elect Barack Obama will name New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to head the Commerce Department at a news conference today in Chicago, according to transition sources. Richardson will appear alongside Obama at 11:40 a.m. Eastern time, and his nomination will mark the latest in a series of moves by the president-elect to put his Cabinet in place well before he takes office Jan. 20.

The GOP is predictably complaining: “The Clinton band is getting back together. Nothing says change like picking the Clinton administration’s energy secretary and U.N. representative to be commerce secretary.”