U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) has a big name in his corner at a time when incumbents are looking for all the help they can muster to return to Congress.
Shirley Sherrod is now stumping for Bishop in the 2nd congressional district. She’s the now-celebrated champion of poor farmers since being ousted – many would say wrongly – as a USDA director of rural development in Georgia. Sherrod was forced from her job after a video clip made it appear the black administrator had made racist statements at an NAACP meeting. She received an apology from President Obama and has been offered her job back after insisting her comments were taken out of context.
Bishop appears to be tapping into Sherrod’s newfound popularity. Here’s what she had to say about the incumbent, according to Larry Gierer’s report in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer: “He has worked so hard for the people in the 2nd congressional district. You can’t just go out to vote for him — you have to go out and work for him.”