Letters to the Editor
Field of dreams
From MARY TIFFANY /
Republican Party of Iowa
To the editor,
It is ironic, that while in Iowa, Bill Richardson will be visiting the Field of Dreams.
Not only did Richardson dream of being a professional baseball player, he falsely claimed to have been drafted by the Kansas City A's as a padded stat on his resume. The Albuquerque Journal later reported they found no record that he had been drafted by the A's, as he had claimed in a biography when he ran for Congress in 1982. Richardson later admitted this was not true.
Moreover, Richardson has clearly dreamt of having it both ways as he constantly contradicts himself. On Meet the Press, Tim Russert pointed out Richardson's contradictions on Iraq, immigration, his tenure as energy secretary and - the most important question for his Iowa visit - how he can claim to be a Red Sox fan and a Yankees fan? In light of these contradictions, Richardson responded, "You're going to find a lot of these. It seems you've found them all here."
Iowa doesn't want a switch hitter, they need an all-star who will continue to keep spending down, keep taxes low and will continue to keep America safe.
Obviously, Richardson is dreaming if he ever thinks he can fill the Oval Office, but he just might play on the Field of Dreams.
Richardson Falsely Claimed To Have Been Drafted By The Kansas City A's. "The Albuquerque Journal reported last month that it had found no record of Richardson being drafted by the Kansas City Athletics in the 1960s as Richardson had claimed in a biography when he ran for Congress in 1982. The governor acknowledged the error." ("GOP Airs Ad Criticizing Governor As 'King Bill,'" The Associated Press, 12/6/05 )
Richardson Struggled To Defend HisLong Record Of Contradictions, Including Support Of Both Yankees And Red Sox. "During a recent appearance on 'Meet the Press,' Tim Russert confronted Richardson with a devastating catalogue of the governor's contradictions on Iraq, immigration, his tenure as energy secretary, gun policy, and--the final, cruel shot--how he could be both a Red Sox fan, as he often says he is, and a Yankees fan, as he claims in his book. Richardson seemed deeply offended by the barrage. 'I've been in public life twenty-five years. You're going to find a lot of these,' he sputtered. 'It seems you've found them all here.'" ("Paper Candidate," The New Republic, 6/18/07)