Bill Richardson for MPAA head? Not likely, says insider

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) is not under serious consideration for the top job at the Motion Picture Association of America, a source familiar with the search told ITK, despite reports that he is among the candidates being looked at for the powerful and prestigious lobbying job. 

The post is being vacated by former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman at the end of March, and a search is underway to find a successor. Richardson, a popular governor who made a brief run for president in 2008, has appeared on lists of possible candidates this week. 

Despite the attention that a possible Richardson pick has received both in Washington and Hollywood, the disinterest appears to be mutual: Richardson's spokesman told the New Mexico Independent Wednesday that the governor does not plan to become a lobbyist when his term ends in 2011. Instead, he "plans to live in Santa Fe and drive around the country visiting Major League ballparks." 

Richardson's love of baseball is well-known; he played pitcher for Tufts University and claims he was scouted by a number of major league teams after college. 

As the MPAA continues to search for a new leader, acting CEO Bob Pisano will serve as an interim head staring April 1.