Georgia is my home, and I love this State and all the people who also call it home. We have two fine senators and 13 congressmen.
What stands out about our congressional delegation is we have five or six members who not only play key roles in the future of Georgia, but also the future of the United States. Men like Congressman Jack Kingston, Congressman Sanford Bishop, Congressman Jim Marshall, Congressman David Scott and Congressman John Barrow. In Georgia, agriculture is the largest employer we have. Without the proper support from the federal government for our agriculture industry, the rest of Georgia would suffer.
As most of you know I worked in the pecan industry, both as a supplier of fertilizer and chemical, as well as being a pecan grower for some 40 years. I have had the pleasure of representing our pecan industry, indirectly and directly, for the last 10 years. We had a lot of input in the 2002 and 2008 Farm Bill and I have already testified on behalf of the 2012 Farm Bill. We could not have done this without the support of our congressmen, especially Congressman Sanford Bishop.
These men serve on key committees that it would take a freshman congressman a decade in office before he’d be able to help to us in the way that these men can.
In my district, the 2nd District, my Congressman Sanford Bishop is asking the people to hire him again so he can continue his work. Congressman Bishop has been good not only for the 2nd District, but also for our entire state and our nation. He serves on the powerful Agriculture Appropriations Committee. In his time serving the 2nd District, he has brought more resources for our area than ever before. You may not know this, but Congressman Bishop was also on the short list to serve our nation as its Secretary of Agriculture.
Fellow Georgians, we can’t afford to NOT send Congressman Bishop back to Washington. He’s helped us too much.
You know my wife and I have been married for 53 years. I don’t agree with everything she does and she doesn’t agree with everything I do, but we work it out. Bottom line: No matter who we send to Washington, 100 percent of us are not going to agree with everything they do 100 percent of the time. BUT with the good people we have working for us, we don’t start over with a new man whenever we don’t agree. We work it out.
Congressman Bishop has been one of the best men we have ever had for the 2nd District and for Georgia. Congressman Bishop has always tried to represent the will of the people and when they were split, he has prayed for guidance. This is a very important election. We have a lot at stake, so let’s get it right. Let’s keep Congressman Bishop working for all of us in Washington.