Agriculture groups who were ecstatic over the prospect of Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers being named the new Interior Secretary will have to adjust their expectations.
Politico and the Washington Post report that President-elect Donald Trump will likely name Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke to the position. Zinke reportedly has yet to accept the invitation.
Reports last week indicated McMorris Rodgers was likely to be named to the position.
“It was an honor to be invited to spend time with the president-elect, and I’m energized more than ever to continue leading in Congress as we think big, re-imagine this government and put people back at the center of it,” McMorris Rodgers said in a statement on her Facebook page.
A source said the congresswoman had two brief meetings with Trump, covering a number of topics, including the Interior Department, but never received an offer.
“Obviously, we’re very disappointed that it’s not Cathy,” said Tom Davis, director of government relations with the Washington Farm Bureau. “We think Cathy would have been tremendous in the role. We just hope that whoever is actually appointed, that we will get what we would have gotten with Cathy — someone who understands the plight of the rural landowner and the impact federal land managers have on rural communities.”