U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, an Albany Democrat, has represented Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District since 1993. We believe voters in the district should re-elect him to a new two-year term.
Bishop is being challenged Tuesday by John House, a Republican from Midland who defeated Rick Allen of Columbus in a runoff election following a three-way contest in the July 31 Republican Primary.
In seeking an 11th term, Bishop brings a wealth of experience to the table. He is well versed in agriculture, defense, veterans’ affairs and appropriations. As the nation — and our district — recovers from the worst economic calamity since the Great Depression, having a representative in the House who fully understands how the mechanism of Congress operates is a benefit that cannot be overstated. And as a blue dog Democrat, he understands that the nation’s fiscal house must be gotten in order, and soon.
“Our fiscal condition in general has us in a bad place,” he said earlier this year, adding that unless the United States changes the way it does business, the federal government will only be able to pay the interest on the national debt by 2025.
“Congress needs to discharge its responsibilities to the American people and we need to do it forthwith,” Bishop said. “The longer we wait, the more difficult it will be to get a grasp on our fiscal situation.”
House is a retired Army colonel who teaches at two universities. This is his first run for public office. He also says that he would only serve a couple of terms in office if he is elected. That pledge sounds nice, but it would also hamper his ability to make a difference for the 2nd District. With no legislative experience on any level, there would be a steep learning curve in a Congress where seniority counts. In four years, the district would have to start over.
What our district needs, especially now, is leadership — leadership that U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop is in a unique position to provide. Our district needs someone who knows the ins and outs of Congress and who can work across the aisle. We believe Bishop is the best man for what will undoubtedly be a big job when the next Congress goes into session.