Maybe he just wanted to look like a better fit for the job, or it's possible it was time to show folks the real man. Whatever the reason, Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain has updated his photo on the department's Web site at, and it's certainly worth a hoot and a holler. In the photograph, Strain sports a large white cowboy hat, which might be the norm for Texas politicians, but is somewhat of a novelty in Louisiana. It's a country-fried persona coming from a down-home fella, to be certain. Too bad the photo doesn't show Strain's usual cowboy boots as well. — Jeremy Alford