Tuesday, December 16, 2008

BREAKING: Vilsack to be secretary of agriculture

Citing sources, The Associated Press reports that President-elect Barack Obama will appoint former Gov. Tom Vilsack of Iowa secretary of agriculture. "Last month, Vilsack dismissed rumors that he would take the position," AP notes. "He said in an e-mail that he had never been contacted by Obama or his aides."

The Des Moines Register reports it has a source confirming the appointment. Vilsasck ran briefly for president, then endorsed Clinton and "campaigned aggressively" for her until Obama sewed up the nomination, the Register's Thomas Beaumont notes.

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