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Your Black Politics: Obama May Appoint Black Conservative As Agriculture Secretary

December 11, 2008 Leave a comment

repsanfordbishopdgaAs the Obama transition team is filling out the rest of the President-elect’s cabinet, one name that pops to the surface is Rep. Sanford Bishop.

The Georgia Democrat is believed to be in the running for Agriculture Secretary, and his staff readily admits that he wants the post — though they say that no deal is “officially” in the works.

“The congressman would very much like to have the position if it is in fact offered,” said Bishop’s chief of staff Phyllis Hallmon. “But we have had no official interaction with the President-elect’s staff.” [...]

A blue dog Democrat, Bishop is also regarded as the most conservative African-American Democrat in Congress. He has long championed federal subsidies and price boosters for peanuts (understandably — they’re his home state’s biggest product) [...]

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