Blog for Iowa: Meet Francis Thicke - Progressive Democrat for Iowa agriculture secretary
Excerpted from this post at Blog for Iowa
I've known Francis Thicke and his wife, Susan, for over 30 years, and I can testify that he is the real deal. Francis is running for Agriculture Secretary because he has a sincere impulse to engage in public service for the sake of improving Iowa. Interviewing Francis gave me a chance to experience his brilliant grasp of complex, pressing issues. ... (T)ell us about that transition from working for government to going back to private farming. Thicke: It was an interesting transition, Jay. As a matter of fact, my colleagues at USDA rolled their eyes and wondered out loud how somebody who worked for USDA as a bureaucrat could actually go farm, and some of them were taking bets about how long I'd make it.