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17 December 2008

Sanford Bishop Passed Over For Secretary of Agriculture

The Washington Post is reporting that President-elect Obama will name Tom Vilsack as the nation's next Secretary of Agriculture in a morning press conference in Chicago [Source: Washington Post, "Obama to Pick Tom Vilsack To Lead USDA", December 17, 2008]

Today's expected nomination of Vilsack puts an end to speculation that 2nd district Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop (D - Albany) might take the post.

When his name was first mentioned as being on the short list for Agriculture Secretary, Bishop told WALB-TV that he was "honored and flattered" to be rumored for the job.

"...I'm told by some that I'm under consideration. It would be a wonderful opportunity. And if I had that opportunity, I certainly would accept it," said Rep. Sanford Bishop." [Source: WALB-TV (Albany), "Bishop's Chances of Joining Obama's Cabinet Took a Big Hit Tuesday Night", December 16, 2008]

On various Georgia political blogs, there was a lot of support for 2nd district Congressman Sanford Bishop (D - Albany) being named Secretary of Agriculture in the Obama Administration.

Amy Morton of Georgia Women Vote wrote that she thought Bishop would be a "great Secretary of Agriculture" and Slyram at Project Logic said, "Let's make this happen." [Sources: Georgia Women Vote, "A Great Secretary of Agriculture", December 6, 2008; Project Logic, "Secretary of Agriculture Sanford Bishop", December 5, 2008]