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Vilsack seen likely staying for second Obama term

The Vilsacks on election night in Ames, Iowa. (Nirmalendu Majumdar/AP)

Right after the election, we had put Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the “stay” list in terms of Cabinet members’ future status in the second Obama term.

The chatter then was that, while he’s in very good standing with the White House, he might leave if his wife, Christie, lost her bid for a House seat back home in Iowa. Christie Vilsack, running in a distinctly conservative-leaning district, did indeed lose to incumbent Rep. Steve King (R), 53 to 45.

But the latest chatter is that Tom Vilsack, rather than heading west, might be staying on, and Christie Vilsack might instead be moving east to join him here.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.


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