Your morning jolt: Right-wing will target Sanford Bishop — just like it targeted her, says Shirley Sherrod

Political analyst Charlie Cook recently downgraded Sanford Bishop’s 2nd Congressional District in southwest Georgia from “safe Democratic” to “likely Democratic.”

Bishop is taking no chances.

Shirley Sherrod at her home in Albany, Ga., last week. Associated Press

Shirley Sherrod at her home in Albany, Ga., last week. Associated Press

On Monday, his first full day of campaigning against newly nominated Republican Mike Keown, the congressman pulled out the biggest gun he could find – Shirley Sherrod, the wrongly fired U.S. Department of Agriculture worker.

Sherrod, by virtue of apologies delivered to her from President Barack Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, is the region’s newest political celebrity.

From WALB-TV:

…[H]er message at Bishop’s headquarters in Albany came in loud and clear. “He has my vote,” she said. “I will do all I can to make sure he is reelected in this district and I hope you’ll do the same.”

In her years working with farmers, Sherrod says Bishop has fought for them and that’s why she’ll fight for him. She said, “I can’t think of anyone else who’s worked so hard for this district. I know of the work he’s done all through the years and especially since I was in the position at rural development.”

A position she no longer holds after being ousted when her words were twisted by a blogger, and she was forced to resign. Bishop says that was a bad move by the administration. He said, “I think it was a snap judgment. I think there was a rush to judgment. I think it’s very regretful.”

The Sanford campaign contributed this thought from Sherrod in an e-mail to reporters around the state:

Sherrod, victimized by a vicious right wing smear campaign featuring a severely edited video, cautioned the crowd that they can expect the same underhanded tactics used against Bishop during the campaign and urged them to get out to vote.

The Albany Herald reminds us that Bishop’s campaign got off to an inelegant start last week:

… when Press Secretary Aston McRae fired off a three-page e-mail accusing Keown of budgeting issues while serving as mayor of Coolidge and alleged twice voting for a pay raise while a member of the state House of Representatives.

Unfortunately for McRae, the e-mail was sent from Bishop’s congressional office instead of from the campaign, and that’s a no-no. McRae pulled the offending document from Bishop’s website and issued a retraction two days later.

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Alan Blinder of the Washington bureau for the Houston Chronicle and Hearst Newspapers tells me that he exchanged e-mails with White House spokesman Robert Gibbs last night about whether there were any plans for President Barack Obama to meet with Shirley Sherrod during his visit next week to Atlanta.

“None that I am aware of,” was the reply from Gibbs.

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The Chattanooga Times Free Press has a few stats on illegal immigration enforcement in north Georgia this morning:

The number of deportations through a federal program has more than doubled in Whitfield County in the last two years.

But the entire amount of deportations in Georgia and Tennessee has dropped over the same period.

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File the following under “where are they now?” State Rep. Bob Smith (R-Watkinsville) this spring announced that, after 12 years in the Legislature, it was time to pay some bills. He would not run for re-election.

A note from Smith arrived this morning. He’s in on the effort to unload the Sky Valley Golf Course in north Georgia at fire sale prices – a $16.4 million investment the bank will unload for $4.6 million.

The club house interior is unfurnished, but the purchaser is guaranteed his own seat at the bar, plus tab privileges.

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The Savannah Morning News reports that a campaign office for U.S. Rep. John Barrow was the target of a burglary:

About 2 p.m. Sunday, a manager of the office, at 537 E. Liberty St., arrived to find the front glass door broken by a brick. Boxes and envelopes were scattered throughout the interior, according to Savannah-Chatham police.

A desktop computer and a wireless Internet router were reported stolen.
Forensics technicians responded and dusted for prints, police reported. FBI agents were also notified of the break-in.

Secret documents from the alliance of blue-dog Democrats, outlining a moderate path toward revolution, showed signs of being rifled, but were discarded and left behind.

Barrow faces the the winner of an Aug, 10 runoff between Republicans Ray McKinney and Carl Smith.

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News from the great beyond, via the Associated Press:

Here’s something Target Corp. isn’t advertising in its Sunday circular: The discount retailer is now a major donor to a group backing the Republican candidate for Minnesota governor.

And that’s not sitting well with every Target shopper.

Under new laws allowing corporations to spend company money on election campaigns, the Minneapolis-based chain gave $150,000 to a Republican-friendly political fund staffed by insiders from departing GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s administration. The group, MN Forward, is running TV ads supporting state legislator Tom Emmer, the presumptive GOP nominee.

The corporate money is flowing since the U.S. Supreme Court threw out parts of a 63-year-old law that prohibited companies and unions from donating to campaigns for or against candidates. The decision, which came earlier this year, changed rules in about half the states. But the change is so new that experts don’t have a good handle on the likely impact nationally.

“This is the leading edge,” said Ed Bender, who heads the National Institute on Money in State Politics in Montana.

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And from the Denver Post, yet another reminder that all recording equipment is always on, even when it’s not:

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Ken Buck called Tea Partyers questioning the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate “dumba—s” to a Democratic operative recording his comments without his permission.

On an audio tape obtained by The Denver Post, Buck was caught muttering “will you tell those dumba—s at the Tea Party to stop asking questions about birth certificates while I’m on the camera?” outside a June 11 event in Crowley.

Buck then started laughing as he walked into the event with the Democratic tracker.

“What am I supposed to do?” he asked, rhetorically.

So-called birthers have challenged Obama’s standing as president by arguing that he was not born in the United States. Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed the president’s citizenship.

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24 comments Add your comment

I once lived in Albany

July 27th, 2010
9:54 am

The problem with voting for someone in Albany is that their very presence in Albany indicates that they are unreasonable. There are so many better places to live. They have chosen to live in a city with broken government and stuck in 1960’s racial divides. They have made a choice to surround themselves with unbearable heat, humidity, and worst of all, gnats. They shoot themselves in the foot constantly by sabatoging any efforts to maintain a decent downtown area. Anyone who grows up there should judge their success in life by whether or not they escaped it.

That Ken Buck is funny.

Jon

July 27th, 2010
10:16 am

As long as Bishop keeps delivering the subsidies to the peanut farmers, they’ll keep him around.

Atlantan

July 27th, 2010
10:21 am

If the folks in S. Georgia are satisfied with high deficits, debt and unemployment then they should support Bishop for another term. Another one of Mrs. Nancy’s yes men.

Billy Joe Poteet

July 27th, 2010
10:25 am

@Jon

Sadly, I’m afraid you are correct. As far as Biship being “targeted”, I have hoped for that to happen for years and years! He (I hate to say) is the Cogressman who allegedly represents me. I hope that he can and will be beaten – but I doubt it. All I can do is vote against him.

AH

July 27th, 2010
10:28 am

who targeted Sherrod? I thought she was fired by the ag. dept? Did the GOP call for her resignation or even bring it up?

Billy Joe Poteet

July 27th, 2010
10:28 am

@Atlantan

Bishop represents a district where the demographics favor his election. The black block vote doesn’t stray far from the Democrat plantation.

RebelWithoutAPause

July 27th, 2010
10:41 am

I live near Albany and I have never voted for Bishop and never will in the future. His time has come and gone. He thinks he owns the Georgia second district. We need new leadership and a new voice in Congress.

Conservative Thinker

July 27th, 2010
10:55 am

This just may be the year Bishop is beat. I don’t live in his district but 1/3 of the money I have for elections this year is going to support Keown. Bishop likes to portray himself as a moderate, but is voting record especially since Obama took office is no different than say John Lewis.

Let see if I understand correctly. A right of center guy has edited film clips of Sherrod sent to him, he sends them to the NAACP who sends them to the White House and Sherrod is fired without due process. Yep, sounds like that vast right wing conspircy group is at it again.

What?

July 27th, 2010
11:12 am

Did you just refer to Andrew Breitbart as “Right of center”?

Thats like referring to Florida as South of Maine. Technically its true, but its not very specific.

Billy Joe Poteet

July 27th, 2010
11:15 am

Everything that happens to Democrats is because of a vast right wing conspiracy. Remember how we planted Monica Lewinsky in close proximity to Bill Clinton? Before all is said and done, Rangel will be a victim of the same right wing conspirators!

Conservative Thinker

July 27th, 2010
11:17 am

What-

I’ll buy that, but we are all better off for no more ACORN.

Conservative Thinker

July 27th, 2010
11:17 am

Well said Billy Joe.

Red

July 27th, 2010
11:35 am

Amazing how powerful Breitbart is. He forced the Obama administration to ignore fact and fire lil’ ol’ Shirley. Somehow Breitbart made Obama just ignore using reason and rational thinking to investigate. Amazing how the federal government would just force someone to resign with no hearing, inquiry, etc. But yet the “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” is the one responsible. It’s also amazing how Breitbart somehow represents some invisible card carrying mass conspiracy in this country. Because this vast super secret underground network even knew who Shirley was and has been following her for years to target and humiliate her. Please….

Conservative Thinker

July 27th, 2010
11:42 am

Not sure we understand your point Red.

Oh Well

July 27th, 2010
11:46 am

Unfortunately, this kind of political baiting isn’t just in Albany…

I have the (ahem, there’s a bone in my throat) “pleasure” of being represented by David Scott. It seems as though the people of this great country should rise up and demand TERM LIMITS on our so-called “representatives”.

After two terms – these people are simply hanging around to line their own pockets no matter the side of the aisle they’re on. And the perks/lobbyist money is GOOD…that’s why they go to great lengths to win by any means necessary!

Bobby Jo

July 27th, 2010
12:11 pm

Come on folks, you all know a politician is graded on how much pork is brought to their district. Whether on not you like Bishop, he brings it home. Why elect someone who will be at the bottom of the food chain, and bring home no pork?

TisP'doff

July 27th, 2010
1:09 pm

All I hear is democrats blaming republicans for all of the ills in life. It’s just more blah blah blah. Let’s see how long it is before Ms. Sherrod is in a commercial stating that the police are going to turn fire hoses on Sanford Bishop voters.

I think voter should remember his townhall meeting earlier in the year at the Douglasville train depot.
Mr. Bishop was not ver accomodating to those with different points of view. As I recall union members were present, and many such as my elderly mother were afraid. This worm needs to be removed from office.

As for Ms. Sherrod, she’s had her five seconds of fame…. can we move on now.

Red

July 27th, 2010
1:10 pm

CT – just poking fun at the logic that this was some massive conspiracy with some stakeout of Shirley going back months. Nevermind the fact that it was a Dem who actually fired her without any just reason or fact behind it. But as usual, the VRWC gets the blame. And now the massive super secret conspiracy group is targeting Bishop and the farm welfare programs he’s ‘enacted’ for years.

Jan

July 27th, 2010
2:31 pm

I guess if you repeat it enough, people will believe it. I’m referring to the comment: ” featuring a severely edited video”. While the guy didn’t show the whole 43 minutes of the video, it was NOT edited. He merely showed the parts the NAACP laughed at. I doubt he had ever heard of Shirley whats-her-name.

Conservative Thinker

July 27th, 2010
3:20 pm

Thought so Red, good post.

Keith

July 27th, 2010
4:23 pm

bishop will be re-elected! plain and simple!! the farmers and the nra will be in his corner. all of this wishful thinking by the right has given those who don’t like bishop false hope and optimism.

Conservative Thinker

July 27th, 2010
5:01 pm

Better false hope than no hope. If Bishop is to lose it will be this year. Almost a perfect storm. Very strong Rep year, good candidate and a more liberal voting record. This all adds up to boot Bishop.

bait

July 28th, 2010
7:02 am

I think a lot are missing the point;

Sherrod said the truth the very first day; The NAACP attacked the Tea Party with little to no evidence. Instead of finding out the TRUTH the NAACP jumped on Sherrod because it looked like it had egg on its face. Which in my opioion it does.

When the NAACP first started it had honorable goals now its just another part of the democratic party that does talking points for its Master.

It has forgotten the words of MLK; which in my opinion was a modern day prophet. MLK knew what was to happen to him and he still stood firm in his belief that we are all EQUAL,

John

August 19th, 2010
10:12 pm

Could you do some research on why Sanford Bishop spent $146,000 from May 2009 to May 2010 on legal fees. This money came out of his campaign funds and went to the law firm Greenberg Traurag LLC. This info comes from his campaign finance filings to the FEC. Also, if you go to the Office of the Clerk website and look at Bishop’s 2010 personal financial disclosure you will find that he lists a liability to the same law firm, Greenberg Traurag LLC, for an amount between $250,001 and $500,000. So his campaign has spent $146,000 in legal fees to Greenberg Traurig and he personally still owes them at least $250,001. What kind of legal representation costs at least $396,001? These payments correspond with the time frame in which he was being investigated for earmarking money to an organization in Columbus. This same organization was found to be paying his step-daughter and her husband for work. Work that they were supposed to be doing while still holding down full time jobs in Atlanta. How could they have worked full time jobs in Atlanta while supposedly simultaneously working in Columbus? The payments to the law firm began just a couple of days after the GBI closed the investigation. Since that time this issue has been swept under the rug and many questions have gone unanswered.