Clinton could name Republican as the new ag secretary |

Clinton could name Republican as the new ag secretary

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is doing so well in states that are considered Republican that if elected she may name at least one Republican to her Cabinet, possibly at Agriculture, sources close to the Clinton transition team have told The Hagstrom Report.

One possible Republican governor who might be invited to join Clinton’s Cabinet is Brian Sandoval of Nevada.

Sandoval might be considered for Agriculture the source said, although Nevada is not known as an agricultural state. Nevada has been a growing dairy state, however, and Sandoval hosted a conference on indoor agriculture in 2013. But Sandoval might be considered for another Cabinet post, the source said.

Another Republican possibility for Agriculture secretary, the source said, is former California Agriculture Food and Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura, who served from 2003 to 2010 when Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor.

Kawamura is a third-generation fruit and vegetable grower and shipper from Orange County, California.

Kawamura would be in competition, however, with Karen Ross, the current California secretary of Food and Agriculture, who was appointed by California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

He is an adviser to AGree, a foundation-funded effort on long-term agriculture policy, and is co-chair of Solutions from the Land, a nonprofit group that collaborates with farmers, ranchers, foresters and stakeholders to implement climate smart land management practices and strategies. He is also a former chair of Western Growers, the association of western fruit and vegetable growers.

One source discounted the prospects for three other Ag secretary possibles:

Former Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., because she is a lobbyist; former Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, who is distrusted by large-scale production agriculture; and Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is not trusted by the left on climate issues.

–The Hagstrom Report

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