by staff writer
Texas Ag Commissioner Sid Miller is the next candidate to meet with Trump Transition Team officials this week. Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report says Miller may be a bit of a long shot, but he’ll meet with incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Prebius and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon at Trump Tower this week. Reports say Miller has spoken with Prebius multiple times on the phone, leading some to speculate he’s still in the running.
In the meantime, former Texas Ag Commissioner Susan Combs met with Vice-President-elect Mike Pence last week, but the meeting only lasted about 20 minutes. Politico says Pence is expected to have a big say in the pick for Ag Secretary, so some think Combs may not be a serious candidate.
If that’s not enough, anti-abortion groups in Texas are trying to sink her chances for the job by highlighting the fact that she’s supported abortion rights for most of her career. House Ag Committee Chairman, and fellow Texan, Mike Conaway had been lobbying the Trump Transition Team on her behalf.