We’ve had an outbreak of bipartisanship in Georgia over the last few days. It appears to be contained. Epidemiologists are blaming the unvaccinated.
Last Friday, U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, was at the annual Fort Valley State University “ham and egg legislative breakfast” with U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga. In fact, the former introduced the latter with these words:
“We have a friend for this state – but not only for this state, but for all the communities across our country and in our territories – in Senator David Perdue.
“He and Sen. [Johnny] Isakson introduced a bill on the Senate [side] to compliment the bill that [Rep. David] Scott and I have worked so hard to get passed through the House…to try to bring relief to all of these communities that have been so devastated.”
Bishop was on safe ground here. The topic, of course, was the frustrating fight in Congress for Hurricane Michael relief aimed at farm communities in southwest Georgia. Partisan sniping on that topic would be not only unseemly, but unwise – given that Bishop’s congressional district includes many of those devastated farms.
Another factor: Many of his constituents are hardcore supporters of President Donald Trump.
On Monday, U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta, was on WAGA-TV’s “Good Day Atlanta” to plug an annual job fair he hosts in College Park. By his side was Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, the former Republican governor. The two served in the state Legislature together, when Sonny Perdue was still a Democrat. Scott even introduced Perdue at his Senate confirmation hearing to become a member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet.
Last year, we told you of Scott’s hard-fought effort to put millions of dollars in scholarship funding for historically black colleges and universities into the 2018 farm bill. Ultimately, the Atlanta congressman was successful.
On Monday, with Sonny Perdue at his side, Scott included both Perdue cousins in his victory lap:
‘What is so unique about that program is that Democrats and Republicans came together and accomplished that. And leading the way were Republicans and Democrats right here in Georgia… “Sonny played a pivotal role in helping us get that $80 million. And Sen. David Perdue – I want to give him great recognition. He picked up the ball in the Senate…”
We’d have to say that Scott’s effort is the more daring example of bipartisanship. The 13th Congressional District in northwest metro Atlanta isn’t Trump country – far from it. And we know that Michael Owens, the former chairman of the Cobb County Democratic party, is considering another primary challenge to Scott.
In the midst of what’s likely to be a bitter 2020 presidential contest, bipartisan cooperation can be easily twisted into bipartisan collaboration.
Read more in The Atlanta Journal Constitution.