The party of tactics and outrage instead of ideas and outreach is attempting to use the race card to win the governor’s seat in Georgia. Former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams is using familiar Democrat attack antics in her bid to defeat Republican Brian Kemp, who serves as Georgia’s secretary of state, in a race that looks like it will go right down to the wire. Recent polling shows Kemp and Abrams locked in a dead heat.
Abrams is loudly claiming that Kemp is actively “suppressing” minority voter registration because his office has placed a pending status on some 53,000 applications that have missing information. Republicans counter that Kemp is following state law to ensure that only legal residents are able to vote in Georgia elections.
GOP state Rep. Bert Reeves explained in a letter to the editor published by the Marietta Daily Journal just how unfounded Abrams’ claims were.
“The 53,000 voters in question are ‘pending’ in the voter database because their voter registration forms were incomplete or inaccurate and did not match with the Department of Driver Services database,” Reeves wrote. “Georgia law requires that they match, and Brian Kemp cannot cherry pick which laws to apply.”
Reeves goes on to state that Abrams’ voter registration organization the New Georgia Project has “been criticized repeatedly” for “a history of submitting fraudulent and invalid voter registration applications to the Secretary of State.”
Reeves notes that the pending applicants are not blocked from voting:
“Despite the four-year history of this practice by NGP and despite what the national media is reporting, Brian Kemp has stated that these 53,000 Georgians can vote on Nov. 6. As acknowledged by even the ACLU, they are not disqualified, and they can vote by providing proper identification.”
But providing valid identification before voting is apparently an unbearable constraint, according to Abrams. She told CNN in an Oct. 14 interview:
“Voting should not be a question of trust on the part of voters, whether they can trust the system. And, right now, he [Kemp] is eroding the public trust in the system because 53,000 people have been told, you may be able to vote, you may not, it’s up to you to prove it.”
Is Kemp a racist for enforcing Georgia state law on voter ID? If a Democrat is answering the question… of course, he is.
“I would say that we have known since 2016 that the exact match system has a disproportionate effect on people of color and women,” Abrams declared as she called on Kemp to resign his office. “The miasma of fear that is created through voter suppression is as much about terrifying people about trying to vote as it is about actually blocking their ability to do so.”
Having to present valid ID when showing up to vote conjures a crisis situation for women and minorities, according to the Democratic candidate for governor of the state of Georgia.
Amid all this hollow hand-wringing, Kemp’s Secretary of State office announced on Oct. 10 that the state had set a new all-time voter registration record. Over seven million state residents will be legally registered to vote when officials are finished processing mailed-in applications, the office stated.
Accusing in Advance
Sadly, Abrams’ shameless racial pandering is not the most vicious accusation hurled at Kemp from a Georgia Democrat. Sarah Riggs Amico, who is running for lieutenant governor, stunningly urged an audience to vote for her because she believes Republican Kemp is not likely to survive in office without being accused of sexual assault.
“Let’s be honest, if we got, if we had Governor Brian Kemp in sort of the Me Too Era, I’m not sure it’s guaranteed that he’ll make it four years,” Amico said completely out of the blue.
Candidate for Georgia Lt. Governor #SarahRiggsAmico explained how she could possibly succeed Governor if removed from office, ‘A Governor @BrianKempGA may not make it for 4 years in the #MeToo era, stuff happen’. Why even mention #MeToo #GAPOL@ajcpolitics #DemocratGamePlan ? pic.twitter.com/AiHIfGMT2c
— FetchYourNews.com (@FetchYourNews) October 8, 2018
This is how ugly Democrats are, folks.
Abrams’ candidacy represents the dearest hopes of the leftist branch that controls the Democratic Party today. It believes a strategy of monopolizing and maximizing the minority vote and siphoning off just enough white left-leaning voters can lead to victory.
“We’re building a new coalition that hasn’t been built for a Democrat in Georgia in the current era,” Abrams campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo told Time in July.
“That’s what it’s going to take. Communities of color plus progressive-leaning whites are a majority of the population.”
“[Abrams] has to do record minority turnout and then carry 25% to 30% of the white vote,” political analyst Bill Crane told Time in accessing the feasibility of the operation.
This strategy openly admits a lack of concern for reaching out to non-leftist white voters. Is this merely the deluded fantasy of an ideologue or can Democrats wed ever-growing numbers of minorities with their limited progressive base of supporters and take power in Georgia?