linked Politico retort
I've never come across a candidate who has been the subject of more unsubstantiated whispering among the press corps. Some paper with real resources needs to send someone to New Mexico to track down the start of the whispering campaign against Richardson, and then either knock it down decisively, to give the man the fair shake he deserves, or publish the story of whatever its basis might be. It is completely absurd, even Kafkaesque, to have a substantial portion of the national press corps convinced that the man ought not to be taken seriously based on unsubstantiated gossip.
Washington PostMichael Crowley