Kevin Dowdy, president of Flint Media Inc. and co-host of the Jesus and Jammin’ morning show, interviewed U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop (D-Albany, Ga.) in the WBGE studio on Friday, Oct. 31. The interview was broadcast on all six of our radio stations in Southwest Georgia.
In part 1 of the interview, Bishop talks about his time in the U.S. Army and a connection he has to another Morehouse College alumni, Herman Cain. He also talks about his recent battle with cancer (he’s now cancer-free) and his support for a 1997 law that protects some public displays of religious freedom.
Bishop acknowledged that the U.S. Congress has been “dysfunctional” for the past 2 years and said “our problems are not Republican problems or Democratic problems, they’re American problems.
In part 2 of the interview, Bishop talks about his support for the most recent Farm Bill and what he believes the role of the government in agriculture is. He also talks about the importance of education and his efforts to tackle the problem of hydrilla plants taking over Lake Seminole.
In part 3, Bishop acknowledges that constituents drive his work in Washington.
“We work for the people who send us. [Former Georgia senator] Zell Miller used to say, ‘whenever you see a turtle perched up on a fence post, you know one thing, he didn’t get there by himself, someone put him there. It’s the voters, the constituents, that put elected officials in office.”
Dowdy asks Congressman Bishop about whether the United States will be able to bring back home Andrew Tahmooressi, a U.S. Marine who was imprisoned in Mexico after accidentally crossing the border with firearms in his vehicle. The congressman had a thoughtful response and said he and others in Congress have stressed to President Obama how serious and urgent it is to free Tahmooreesi from captivity.
Click the orange play button to listen to Part 1 of the interview below, or click below to listen to Parts 2 and 3 (each section is about 8 minutes long).