Hispanic Coalition Blasts Richardson

New Mexico – A coalition of New Mexico Hispanic groups is demanding Gov. Bill Richardson not speak on behalf of the Hispanic community, saying he failed to follow through on promises and was abusive toward Hispanics in his eight years in office.

The Hispano Round Table of New Mexico, which represents more than 50 groups around the state, unanimously passed a resolution saying the Democratic governor was contemptuous and deceptive toward the Hispanic community.

The resolution also says he failed to create a state Department of Hispano Affairs as promised and misled prominent Hispanic groups with that promise.

Richardson spokesman Gilbert Gallegos says Richardson will not lower himself to respond to such a ridiculous assertion.

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