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Dems Ask: Is Katie Smith a Farmer?

May 7th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

This has to be one of the most ridiculous attempts to score political points on a non issue we’ve come across in quite awhile. From all accounts, Mrs. Swaney-Smith is abundantly qualified to lead the agriculture department. From her farming background to her years of service working in Washington on Ag issues, Democrats need to realize this dog won’t hunt, even with a governor with low – although rising – poll numbers.

From the KY3 Political Notebook:

The Rural Democratic Caucus wants to know where Governor Matt Blunt’s new Department of Agriculture nominee stands on key issues before she’s confirmed to lead the agency.

Blunt named 29-year-old Katie Smith of Platte City to the post last week, pending approval by the Missouri Senate.

State Rep. J.C. Kuessner, the Rural Democratic Caucus chairman, said the next agriculture director faces many challenges to restore the reputation and effectiveness of the department and should be thoroughly vetted.

“Given the department’s recent troubled history and the challenges ahead, it is appropriate to determine if the governor’s nominee is the right person for the job,” Rep. Kuessner.

Specifically, rural Democrats want to know if Smith is a farmer, as required by state law, according to Rep. Kuessner. Read more…

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