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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Second district Congressman Sanford Bishop kicked off his campaign Monday.  Dozens of people packed his Albany headquarters to support him.

One of his biggest supporters is someone who's garnered national attention herself throughout the past week.  Shirley Sherrod has worked with and for farmers for decades now, and for much of that time she's worked hand in hand with Congressman Bishop.  She says it's in the best interest for farmers and for Georgians to keep him in office.

Shirley Sherrod's voice was weak today as she addressed Bishop supporters."Haven't been able to stop talking since last Monday," she said.

But her 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 judgement.  I think there was a rush to judgement.  I think it's very regretful."

But he's proud to have Sherrod's support and will continue to support her, as he seeks to keep his post.  He said, "I'm running for a job.  I'm asking for the people to renew my contract.  I'm not running against anybody, I'm running for a job."

A job he hopes to continue once the election is over.  Bishop is against Republican Mike Keown who is from Thomas County.  Keown received 80% of the votes against his republican opponents in last week's primary.

Monday, the National Republican Congressional committee highlighted this race and moved it into contender status, meaning they believe Bishop may have a challenge on his hands with Keown.

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