Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller may be famous for granting cupcakes “amnesty” from school nutrition rules and calling Hillary Clinton a “c—” on Twitter, but, as he angles for a job in the Trump cabinet, he wants to talk about local vegetables.
The 61-year-old rodeo champion, who’s scheduled to meet with top Trump aides at the president-elect’s Mar-a-Largo resort Friday afternoon to discuss the agriculture secretary opening, is trying to shed his national profile as a defender of deep fryers at a time when even Republicans are embracing policies that sound like they’re straight from first lady Michelle Obama’s platform.
“We’re really working hard on our farm-to-school program,” he told POLITICO Thursday, just before taking off for Florida, where he’s scheduled to meet with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Miller’s chances of getting the job are unclear. Trump has been auditioning a parade of other candidates and is said to be interested in using the Agriculture slot to diversify his Cabinet with a woman or a Hispanic.