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Bill Richardson, Champion of Americans Held Overseas, Dies at 75

  

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Via:  hallux  •  9 months ago  •  4 comments

By:    Sam Roberts - NYT

Bill Richardson, Champion of Americans Held Overseas, Dies at 75
After serving two terms as governor of New Mexico, he practiced quasi-public diplomacy, working to secure the release of people he believed were being wrongfully detained.

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Bill Richardson, who served two terms as governor of New Mexico and 14 years as a congressman before devoting himself to the cause of Americans who were being held hostage or whom he believed were being wrongfully detained overseas, died on Friday at his summer home in Chatham, Mass., on Cape Cod. He was 75.

His death was announced by the   Richardson Center   for Global Engagement, which he founded. The cause was not given.

Mr. Richardson was ambassador to the United Nations and secretary of energy under President Bill Clinton.

In 2008, he mounted a short-lived campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination and then endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton. After winning the presidency, Mr. Obama nominated Mr. Richardson as secretary of commerce, but he withdrew because of a pending investigation into improper business dealings in his home state. That investigation was later dropped.




After he completed his second term as governor, on Jan. 1, 2011, he practiced quasi-public diplomacy, visiting North Korea several times to secure the release of Americans detained there and conducting other humanitarian missions. In 2021, he won the release of Danny Fenster , an American journalist, from a prison in Myanmar.


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Hallux
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1  seeder  Hallux    9 months ago

RIP Bill, you were an extraordinarily likeable politician.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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1.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Hallux @1    9 months ago

Indeed and he came of political age at a time when diversity of thought was still an attribute,  With a Masters in International Affairs, he first worked for a Repub Congressman and later in Nixon’s State Department.  Later in his hostage negotiation days, Gov John Kasich asked him to bring Warmbeir back from NK.  The Bush II administration used him the same in Sudan.

He was a fiscally conservative Governor and was effective at working both sides of the aisle to make significant improvements in his state and Albuquerque.  He won a second term by an overwhelming margin.

A true public servant.

 
 
 
Kavika
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2  Kavika     9 months ago
RIP Bill, you were an extraordinarily likeable politician.

Yes, he was and his work securing the release of Americans held hostage is more than admirable.

RIP Bill.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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3  Gsquared    9 months ago

He was a good man.

 
 

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