A group of black farmers led by Pigford critic Eddie Slaughter has endorsed Republican John House in the race for Georgia’s 2nd district. House is running against longtime Democratic incumbent and Congressional Black Caucus member Sanford Bishop.
In a video posted to Facebook, Slaughter discusses the many attempts the farmers made to expose fraud in the Pigford “black farmers” lawsuit.
Breitbart News reported a series of stories in 2011 about Mr. Slaughter and his claim that when Sanford Bishop was informed about Pigford fraud by a group of black farmers, he told them to be quiet or else they would “shut this thing down.” He was referring to the fraudulent settlement that reportedly paid $50,000 to tens of thousands of people who had never farmed a day in their life.
Within a couple of days, Congressman Bishop responded to three different newspapers. His story was different each time. Rep. Bishop told the Albany Herald that he was aware of the fraud but it wasn’t his job to police it. This admission is significant because USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack had claimed that there was almost no fraud in Pigford. When speaking to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Rep. Bishop was suddenly stunned and perplexed and suggested that the farmers had been drinking. Then, Rep. Bishop told the Columbus Ledger-Inquirer that he remembered the meeting, repeated that he wasn’t responsible for monitoring fraud, suggested that there were antifraud provisions in the second Pigford bill and again insulted the farmers calling them disgruntled and irresponsible.