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Michael Teigen: Rep. Mike Thompson (D – CA 1st) says “To benefit the agricultural sector…”

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Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Michael Teigen got this clip of Mike Thompson, House Representative for the great state of California. In addition to 18 years of legislative experience, Congressman Thompson is the co-founder and co-chair of the (bipartisan) Congressional Wine Caucus and former co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. In Michael’s words: “Staked him out at the Baywood Country Club in Arcata, California. He first said that he was too busy. Then when attempting to drive away he stopped and let me ask the question.” The shot does inded appear to be from a car. So.

Not only does Congressman Thompson know about Shiraz and the infield-fly rule- he appears to have a pretty keen grasp on why we vote on the day we do. In response to the Congressman’s historically accurate answer, it’s interesting to note- with great respect for those who work in the area- that in recent years the “Agricultural Sector” employed 1.9% of the labor force (2000) and comprised 0.7% of our GDP (2002). The source of these stats is the Economic Research Service of the USDA; you can read more here.

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