CAROL A. CLARK Monitor County Editor
SANTA FE-At a reception Monday for women voters, presidential candidate Bill Richardson avoided questions about the precarious situation facing Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
Questions have lingered since Richardson, in his role as New Mexico governor, sent a letter to eight Senate and House Appropriations Committee members Sept. 26 speaking out against a proposed 3.2-percent cut in the budget of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which funds LANL and Sandia National Laboratories. The following day in New Hampshire, in his role as a presidential candidate, Richardson issued a proposal calling for a 53-percent cut to the NNSA portion of the budget.
With budget uncertainties threatening job cuts for laboratory employees and adversely affecting the townsite, Richardson missed an opportunity to clarify his position and reassure the people of Los Alamos.
Following complaints to Katie Roberts, deputy communications director for the Richardson campaign, she offered to e-mail a response on behalf of Richardson. Her response was not received by press time.