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An open letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue

Dear Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, U.S. Department of Agriculture

I just wanted to let you know that not everyone in Mississippi appreciated your remarks about our state during the most recent meeting of the President’s Cabinet. While others around the meeting table were espousing their travel agenda, you took the opportunity to say, “While we are bragging about international travel I just got back from Mississippi and they like you there.”

While it may not be politically correct for your party’s Mississippi leaders to admonish this poor attempt at humor, we don’t share that same weakness when our state is condescended in such a manner as your comments suggested.

Please make better use of your time, like providing the assistance that our small and large farmers in this country need instead of pushing a budget cutting agenda against our farm families. As my mother says, clean up your own backyard … and stop disparaging Mississippi.

With kindest regards, I remain.


Chairman Bobby Moak

Mississippi Democratic Party

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