Bishop defends his case and sends an ethics investigation
A slight majority of voters in the district are registered as Democrats, and blacks make up just under half of the population.
Bishop also has a clear financial advantage. By the end of September, there was $1 million left to spend in his campaign account, compared to $424,059 for West. West’s campaign raised $341,397 from July 1 to September 30, about half of Bishop’s $761,279.
West asked Bishop about an ethics investigation into his use of campaign funds and district office funds. An investigation by the US House Ethics Committee is still ongoing. Bishop said he acted immediately when issues were raised and personally refunded the disputed funds.
“Ethics are important; transparency is important,” he said. “And I fully support the highest standards of conduct for members of Congress.”
West was pushed to clarify his stance on abortion after dodging questions about whether he thought any ban should include exceptions for rape, incest or maternal health. He said his position had been misinterpreted, but did not specifically say he supported the exceptions. He said current abortion bans take into account the risk to the life of the mother.
When asked if Joe Biden won Georgia and if there was significant fraud in the 2020 election, West said Biden was president, but he didn’t say if he thought the result was correct or legal.
He also alleged that there had been allegations of election irregularities where complaints had been made but nothing had been done.
“I don’t know if these issues have been given a full hearing,” he said.
State and federal investigators and election officials have conducted multiple investigations into these allegations and say the allegations of voter fraud are baseless. Repeated investigations and court cases have discredited the allegations of wrongdoing.