You say classy, Sanford. You are truly a man of the people.
Reached by phone, Bishop declined to discuss the scholarship controversy. In a statement issued late Friday, his campaign manager said the congressman followed the guidelines about scholarships in place at the time, but would nonetheless give back to the foundation an amount equal to the scholarships his family members got. He also accused Bishop’s Republican challenger, Mike Keown, of starting a smear campaign by spreading news of the scholarship controversy.
“This is about nothing more than Mike Keown scoring cheap political points by attacking Rep. Bishop and his family,” campaign spokesman Tim Turner said in a statement. “To Mike Keown, apparently nothing is off-limits, even attacking someone’s family.”
Note that the minute these scholarships come to light, even though he professes to have done nothing wrong, Bishop refunds the money. Maybe the appearance of how it all looks really wasn’t that swell, after all, in 2010 or 2003.
Interestingly, as the AJC notes, this isn’t the first time Bishop has been hit by allegations of nepotism.
Last year, he was accused of steering funds he had secured as “earmarks” as a member of the House Appropriations Committee to a Muscogee County youth group that employed stepdaughter Aayesha Owens Reese and her husband, Stephen Reese.
Bishop said at the time that he had no idea his stepdaughter worked for the Muscogee County Junior Marshal program, and that when he did learn about it, he immediately directed her to quit her job. At the time, Owens Reese also was apparently working for the Fulton County district attorney’s office.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation opened a review of the case, but said it found no evidence of criminal intent.
I mean, really. How can anyone expect the man to know where his own wife’s daughter works? Next you’ll be demanding he read health care legislation before he votes on it! How unreasonable can you get?
Just in: reports suggest Bishop aide Jamey Crozier thinks you are a racist if you are reading this post and he plans to withhold Federal help from his office as a consequence.