Sherrod stumps for U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop

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.”

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July 28th, 2010
4:30 am

Sherrod’s own words contradict the spin being put out by Vilsack and the White House. You either believe what she has said, or you believe them, since what she has said contradicts their story line. The choice is yours. Is Shirley Sherrod lying? I don’t think so.

Shirley Sherrod said that the USDA’s Cheryl Cook called her and told her to pull over and resign because a past speech that she gave was going to be on Glenn Beck’s show that day. And Sherrod said that the White House forced her to resign.

Vilsack, though, says that he was the one who ousted her and that it was over a clip that he said that he saw on Fox News website. But, again, this is contradicted by Sherrod, who says that Cheryl Cook told her to resign because she was going to be on Beck’s show that day – not because of some clip that Vilsack said that he saw.

Problem, Beck did not air her on his show that day, and actually defended her and said that her ouster was unjustifiable, regardless of her political views. Enter the spin from the White House…

The spin from them (and the NAACP as well) is that they were “snookered” by Fox News. But, again, this is contradicted on two fronts. 1.) Sherrod said that she was told to resign because of what Glenn Beck was going to air on his show, and 2.) how could the NAACP and the White House have been “snookered” by Fox News when the NAACP had the entire video of Sherrod’’s speech at their disposal to peruse?

The White House threw Sherrod under the bus, and no amount of deflection away from what Sherrod has said will change that. That upsets me as much as anything in this whole mess.


July 28th, 2010
5:13 am

Wait a minute. Are we sure that this article is talking about THE Shirley Sherrod? The same one that was fired from the USDA, but then received an apology from the President and was offered a job to come back? I’m not sure that it is because the woman described in the article doesn’t sound like her. The Shirley Sherrod that I know wouldn’t have just said something nice about Sanford Bishop and left it at that. The real Shirley Sherrod would have also called Bishop’s opponent a racist because as we learned this week, everyone is a racist except her. I dunno. I wasn’t there. Maybe it was her but they cut her mike just as she was about to accuse everyone in the 2nd congressional district that doesn’t vote for Bishop of being racists. I mean, she was talking, so it’s only logical that she called somebody out for being a racist.


July 28th, 2010
6:16 am

Violation of the Hatch Act for her to do this.


July 28th, 2010
6:24 am

I haven’t seen Bishop work real hard for his district. I hear his staff has to drag him to event’s and most time he spends little time in prep. After 19 years what does Bishop have to show? Sitting the Ag appropriations committee, no position of leadership, and he couldn’t even keep them from cutting the Ag budget this year while everything else got raises.

Georgia Voter

July 28th, 2010
8:08 am
We’ve had enough of Bishop’s “politics as usual” down here in Georgia. We will be voting Bishop out this year!


July 28th, 2010
1:18 pm

@Ray: thank you for the most concise run-down of this ‘event’.

P Dot

July 28th, 2010
7:42 pm

Is this the same Shirley who filed a lawsuit against the USDA? The lawsuit that she, she and her husband’s company actually, was paid over a million dollars and then hired by the same USDA after she sued? Anybody want to bet she gets paid by somebody on this fiasco as well? I’m not sure she is concerned where the money comes from so long as it comes. Watch her interview with A Cooper and see the light bulb come on when the idea of a lawsuit against A. Breitbart comes up.