U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop said that he’s urging the Democratic leadership in both Congress and the White House to focus on reining in the country’s growing debt problems in 2010.
A member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats, Bishop said that spending was necessary in 2009 in the context of such historic economic trouble, but that 2010 is the time for “fiscal restraint.”
“We cannot continue to go deeper in debt,” Bishop said. “We have to work to bring fiscal restraint back to Washington. Last year was a difficult time that required difficult decisions, but now we have to focus on our future in the context of a balanced budget.”
Bishop votes with his party 97.8% of the time, so he is certainly not the independent-minded Democrat as he would have you believe. The more “liberal” Democratic members of the Georgia delegation, such as Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Hank Johnson, vote with their party just tenths of a percent more than Bishop.
It’s hard to believe Bishop is going anywhere. He has won every election since 2004 with 66% of the vote or more. But after Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts, anything can happen, especially if State Rep. Mike Keown, Bishop’s likely Republican opponent, can hammer home that message and show voters the deficits, including the longer term debt, that their representative has voted for.