2nd District Round up: Bishop rakes in endorsements, cash; Keown gets nod from Boehner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

ALBANY, Ga.: Two veterans organizations have lent their support to U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop's bid to retain his seat, campaign officials say.

In a press release to the Herald, Campaign spokesperson Tim Turner wrote that the Veteran of Foreign Wars Political Action Committee and Veteran's Vision had both endorsed Bishop.

The press release states in part:

"This endorsement is based on your strong support for veterans, national security and defense, and military personnel issues," said Salvatore Capirchio, director, VFW-PAC, in his letter to Rep. Bishop.

The VFW provides the 2.1 million members of the VFW, its auxiliaries and their families with an opportunity to collectively support candidates for federal office who support our nations' veterans and America's security. The VFW PAC is the only major Veterans Service Organization (VSO) PAC.

Bishop also has received an endorsement from Veterans' Vision. The esteemed veterans publication is supporting him for his ongoing commitment to military veterans. They have commended him for his legislative accomplishments for veterans, especially, his strong support of crucial veterans' health care measures.

"Congressman Bishop's foresight and experience have meant so much for military families and veterans hit hardest in tough economic times across this country," said Maj. Brian Hampton, President and Publisher of VETERANS' VISION. The Congressman's endorsement reflects his commitment to American veterans and his role as a leading voice in the fight to end veterans' homelessness."

The endorsements come on the heels of word that four U.S. Military generals, including former Drug Csar and NATO head Gen. Barry McCaffrey, joined in providing support to Bishop's re-election bid last week.

Bishop's challenger, Mike Keown, has received his own endorsement from those in the military, namely that of retired Air Force Colonel Gary Breedlove.

Keown likely wins the endorsement battle for the week however, as Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, agreed to headline a $500-per-plate fundraiser for Keown and Republican Austin Scott, who is taking on incumbent Democrat Jim Marshall in the 8th District race.

In other campaign news, conflicting polls ---one conducted by Bishop's campaign and the other hired by Keown's --- agree that Bishop still currently has the lead, but vary widely on by how much.

According to Bishop's campaign, the congressman leads Keown by 10 percent according to their poll, which was conducted between Oct. 7-10, questioning 500 prospective voters. There was 3.9 percentage of error.

In Keown's poll, according to the political magazine "Roll Call," Bishop led Keown 47 percent to 46 percent with 7 percent undecided. The survey, which had a 4.9-point margin of error, was conducted by the GOP firm Public Opinion Strategies and was given Sept. 27 and 28 and surveyed 400 likely 2nd district voters.

Finally, the Bishop campaign has released information showing that they have raised $547,962 in the third quarter of 2010, with $585,073 cash on-hand.