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By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) –Representative Sanford Bishop won a tenth term in Congress this week, but some voters don't seem willing to accept that a majority of people in the Second District support him.

The Freedom Line tea party group held a rally in front of Bishop's Thomasville office Friday to send him a message. They say they'll watch his every move.

Congressman Sanford Bishop's come from behind victory over Mike Keown Tuesday night left some Keown supporters shocked.

"Disappointment," Kim Weckwert describes. "Just horrific disappointment."

But now they're determined to move forward.

Weckwert, the organizer of Thomasville's Freedom Line says, "We have a fire in our belly and this isn't over. We're more energized now than ever before."

Members of the Freedom Line Tea Party group gathered in downtown Thomasville Friday with a simple message for Bishop.

"We're not going away. We are the boss of him still," Weckwert explains. "Where is our representation? Had Sanford Bishop not had the support of Albany and Columbus which are basically two huge entitlement towns, he would not have won."

The group says Bishop continues to ignore hardworking taxpayers.

"Everything we've asked him to do he's gone against. If he would just listen to us 50% of the time, we could come to a compromise. But Bishop never compromises."

Daphne Frasch agrees, "We just want Sanford Bishop to know that he represents us. He doesn't represent Pelosi or Obama. He might work under them but he represents us and he needs to do what we vote for because we're not Washington."

17-year old Frasch watched this year's election closely, even though she's too young to cast her own vote.

"Most people my age are fooled. They just go by what the media says and they need to investigate and look for what they believe and stand up as an individual with their own views."

Frasch looks forward to 2012, when she'll have a chance oust Bishop herself.

"I am counting down the days. I'm so excited."

Until then, these ralliers say they will hold Bishop accountable for every move he makes.

The Tea Party group plans to hold regular meetings to stay involved and keep an eye on all elected officials.

The next scheduled meeting of the Tea Party groups in our area is November 16th at 7 P-M at Merry Acres in Albany.

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