Georgia lawmaker denies steering awards to family


Wednesday October 6, 2010

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop says he was not involved in awarding scholarships from the nonprofit
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to his stepdaughter and

Bishop told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that
a group of lawmaker spouses is the driving force behind the awards.
The foundation is closely tied to the Congressional Black Caucus.

The Democratic lawmaker said it's likely his wife, Vivian
Creighton Bishop, was involved in the selection process. She
formerly led the spouses' group. Bishop has talked to his wife
about the selections, but he wouldn't say what she told him.

The scholarships have emerged as a campaign issue as Bishop runs
for re-election against Republican Mike Keown (COW'-en) in
southwest Georgia. Bishop refunded the foundation the costs of the
scholarships to his family members.

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