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Bishop to seek 11th term in Congress

2nd Congressional Representative Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, stands with supporters on the steps of the Dougherty County Courthouse in this 2010 file photo.

2nd Congressional Representative Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, stands with supporters on the steps of the Dougherty County Courthouse in this 2010 file photo.

— Longtime Southwest Georgia Democratic Congressman Sanford Bishop told the Herald Tuesday that he will seek an 11th term as the representative from the second congressional district.

ALBANY, Ga.— Longtime Southwest Georgia Democratic Congressman Sanford Bishop told The Herald Tuesday that he will seek an 11th term as the representative from the Second Congressional District.

Bishop, D-Albany, is up for re-election next year. Bishop said Tuesday that he intends to seek an 11th term as Southwest Georgia’s Congressional representative.

“I fully intend on seeking re-election in 2012 and look forward to steadfastly continuing my representative service on behalf of the communities in Southwest Georgia and the residents of the Second Congressional District,” Bishop told The Herald.

Bishop, who serves on three subcommittees of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, narrowly avoided being unseated during his last attempt at re-election when Mike Keown, a Republican from Coolidge, provided the strongest challenge yet to defeating the long-time Democrat.

But, over the summer when state leaders undertook the redistricting process, it appeared that the Republican Party conceded the Second District to the Democrats by drawing out Thomas County, Keown’s stronghold, out of the district and adding more urban parts of Macon and Bibb County, which have traditionally voted Democratic.

While still yet early in the 2012 Congressional election cycle, no one has yet said publicly that they will challenge Bishop for his seat.

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Sally_O 2 years, 4 months ago

Bet he'll win! Too many welfare voters.

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Ms_Rational 2 years, 4 months ago

I bet 'welfare voters' is code for Black voters. Please pick up a real newspaper or watch something other than foxnews...Unemployment rates are staggering, which means many white voters are now receiving government entitlements. That's the only reason jobs is the #1 campaign issue. As long as Blacks were the only ones with high unemployment, you didn;t hear a peep about jobs. Stop being so shallow.

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 4 months ago

Pot, please meet kettle. Kettle, meet pot. When you don't have a good argument to state your case, drop the race card. Now, there's some DEEP thinking for you! But, I thought the subject was Mr. Bishop. You mention staggering unemployment rates. Not news to anyone...Fox News or not. But, what has Mr. Bishop done to bring jobs to our district?

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chinaberry25 2 years, 4 months ago

Of course he is going to run. Too big a sweet tit to not.He's in the lap of luxury just like all the other thugs up there in Washington. A hard day's work would kill every one. A must before running, they should spend six months in Iraq. Any war we get into, they should spend months there.

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Cartman 2 years, 4 months ago

Bishop is one of the least effective members of Congress. After 11 terms, what has he accomplished? Co-sponsored the pro-union CardCheck legislation probably as a favor for one of the heavily union states. He claims credit for the spending at Fort Benning, but BRAC made sure that base closings and transfers were taken out of the hands of the politicians in Congress. He is really pathetic in light of the dire straits here in the 2nd District. We could have used a real Congressman. Of course he will be reelected. This district is being "packed" so Georgia will have guaranteed minority representation. I'm not against having a minority representative in Congress. I just wish it were someone who could stay awake at meetings; had an ounce of courage; and actually did something. Even if it was something I disagreed with. Maybe one day a leader will arise from this district. I guess I'll wait.

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TheMember 2 years, 4 months ago

"Changing the Map" he picked up Macon which is just as bad if not worst than Albany, full of his voters. They will find a way to map it out for someone like Bishop to win. Let's find someone to run against and get his butt out of there.

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mortimer 2 years, 4 months ago

11th term?? That is definately a person living on taxpayers mney. Look at the annual salary and benefits this worthless piece of crap receives. Put a fresh face in there. Any fresh face. They cannot be worse.

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waltspecht 2 years, 4 months ago

If there ever is to be true equality, one individual / one vote, then why these creative districts that clearly favor a minority (now a Majority) over another group. Why don't we get really creative and cut out a Hispanic district. We could make one dealing with individual households for a majority Native American district, it would be spread all across the state using unoccupied roadway to connect the homes. Now that would be creative. Or simply go back to natural boundries and basic overall population distribution. Favoring Bishop if he runs against anyone that is Anti-Entitlement.

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whattheheck 2 years, 4 months ago

We are doomed in Dist 2. Useless, worthless. unless you need help getting a govt check.

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 4 months ago

Scholarship scandal ("I didn't know, my wife handled that), Pigford settlement (scandal), an assistant that cursed out a constituent (still an assistant, as far as I know). Should I go on? How about the "NO" vote on the censure of Charles Rangel...for tax evasion? His DC office told me, "yes he's read the entire healthcare reform legislation" before he voted "YES." That had to be a bald faced lie because even Pelosi said, "we've got to pass this bill so we will know what's in it..." In all of his time in DC, Bishop has sponsored (not co-sponsored) 5 bills, count 'em FIVE pieces of legislation. Now, that's effective leadership if I've ever seen it. It's time to turn Washington on it's head and "drain the swamp." We can do our part by ousting Bishop. Ask yourself...what exactly has he done for his district? When was the last time he was even in Albany? He will not face his constituents. He will not listen to us. Let's help him start on his next career next November.

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LuLu 2 years, 4 months ago

Ooo! Ooo! Don't forget the time he stood up and peed in the aisle of an airplane.

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 4 months ago

I KNEW there was something I missed! Thanks, LuLu

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