Letter: Why would Biden pick an ag secretary from the Midwest?
If rural voters won’t even stick behind the chairman of the House Ag Committee, then they don’t deserve to have Biden appoint an ag secretary to represent their interests.
Rob Port can’t seem to get off of his interest in Heidi Heitkamp's political ups and downs. Apparently he is quite concerned that she might not get the secretary of agriculture job because she isn’t Black.
I can think of another more likely reason why she won’t get the job. Rural Minnesota had a congressman who was chair of the House Agriculture Committee who was beaten by a demagogue who couldn’t pick a sugar beet out of a line up of farm products. Michelle Fischbach won because Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., is a flaming liberal in line with Rep. Ilhan Omar and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi? Hardly. Peterson was totally in alignment with rural Minnesota interests but he is a Democrat.
Now I will tell you why Heitkamp may not get the ag job. Why would Joe Biden reward rural agricultural interests with a secretary aligned with production agriculture when he gets just 30% of their vote? Wouldn’t it make sense to award the job to someone, Black or white, more aligned with the food and nutrition side of the department?
If rural voters won’t even stick behind the chairman of the House Ag Committee, then they don’t deserve to have Biden appoint an ag secretary to represent their interests. If Biden appointed Heitkamp, how many more votes will he get in the next election in North Dakota and rural Minnesota?
Mongeon lives in Fargo.
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