Several names have surfaced to run the Agriculture Department. Tom Buis, a former aide to Daschle and now the president of the National Farmers Union, is one of them. He is a registered lobbyist, and Obama’s chief strategist, David Axelrod, has said administration officials wouldn’t be put in charge of agencies that they had lobbied. But Buis’s group represents small farmers, not the type of constituency that typically prompts revolving-door worries. Former Rep. Charles Stenholm (D-Texas), former Rep. Jim Leach (R-Iowa) and ex-Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (D) are also mentioned.I have had the opportunity to listed to Charlie Stenholm speak on a couple of different occasions and I think he would be a great choice. He is especially in touch with the agriculture issues of today and is by all appeareance a strong supporter of bioenergy and biofuels.
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