There is a struggle among Democrats over who President-elect Joe Biden will choose for the Secretary of Agriculture, and one of his key allies is proposing the support of an African-American legislature to get the head of the class and focus on hunger rather than the Americas.
South Carolina MP James Clyburn has forced Biden to touch Ohio MP Marcia Fudge to fill the office and lobby for it with the president’s two closest advisers, writes The New York Times. Clyburn also discussed the matter with Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“I feel really strong,” Clyburn told the Times. “It’s time for Democrats to treat the Department of Agriculture the way they intend to claim it.”
Fudge chairs the House’s Agriculture Committee’s Nutrition and Monitoring Committee.
But the case is complicated as Biden’s two allies – Heidi Heitkamp, a former Senator from North Dakota, and Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor who served as agriculture secretary to President Barack Obama – are also being considered.
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The South Carolina Democrat, who maintained the Department of Agriculture, seemed for too long to “favor great agricultural interests” over less affluent people, be they “smallholders in Clarendon County, SC, or recipients of food stamps in Cleveland, Ohio.” , Fudge hometown.
“I’m sick and I’m tired of people saying that America’s rural area is just Nebraska and Iowa,” Clyburn told The New York Post. – The Americas South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama. This is Georgia. Black rural voters helped Biden take Georgia with him to the general election.
Clyburn also pushed back the idea that Biden could choose Vilsack, echoing complaints that the former vice president represented a third Obama administration.
“I don’t know why we need to recycle,” Clyburn told the Times. “There’s a strong feeling that black farmers didn’t get a good shock,” Vilsack said.
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Some Democrats have warned that if Biden does not choose Fudge to fill the position, it will be an insult to Clyburn, who is credited with helping Biden turn around in his campaign and gathering Democrat nominations after approving him before the South Carolina pre-election.
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“Biden owes his presidency to Clyburn, and Clyburn is doing his best for Fudge. Publicly,” tweeted Ady Barkan, an activist who launched the Be Hero PAC. “It would be a huge slap if you chose Heitkamp at that time.”
However, Heitkamp blurred.
“This choice can only be made by Joe Biden and he will understand the unique challenges of the American countryside and what is happening in the American countryside,” he told the Times. He predicted that Biden would “select the person who could implement this rural plan,” referring to his campaign efforts on behalf of the “Great Rural Plan.”