Stacey Abrams Tells Entertainment Industry Not to Boycott Georgia
Abrams tells those discouraged by Brian Kemp's win amid voter suppression speculation to turn their attention to fighting for fair elections.
Stacey Abrams ended her gubernatorial campaign in Georgia on Friday, and is planning to file a
federal lawsuit against the state. Some entertainment industry executives discouraged by Republican Brian Kemp's win of the governorship, amid accusations of voter suppression, are contemplating boycotting Georgia. But Abrams is encouraging them not to.
On Saturday, Abrams tweeted:
I appreciate the calls to action, but I ask all of our entertainment industry friends to support #FairFightGA - but please do not #boycottgeorgia. The hard-working Georgians who serve on crews & make a living here are not to blame. I promise: We will fight - and we will win.
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 18, 2018
She also responded to a tweet "Veep" executive producer Frank Rich made on Nov. 6 about pulling production out of the state:
Thank you @frankrichny - but the Georgians who make a living & take care of their families through entertainment are not to blame for the gross mismanagement of our democracy here in Georgia. We will hold folks accountable. Please lift up #FairFightGA as the call to action. https://t.co/8N90OK2c8h
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 18, 2018
Abrams is asking members of the entertainment industry to get involved in Fair Fight Georgia, a new organization "that will pursue accountability in Georgia's elections and integrity in the process of maintaining our voting rolls."
It has the goal of improving the state's election system prior to municipal elections in 2019 and the 2020 presidential election.
"We have to consider all the pieces that go into voter suppression and diminishing the ability of voters to cast their ballots," she said.
"And that means looking at the staffing and sourcing of polling stations, making sure that there are an adequate number of machines, making certain that poll workers who are often volunteers aren't judging whether or not someone gets to vote based on how many pieces of paper they have left."
Abrams did not officially concede the election.
"I acknowledge that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial election," she said on Friday.
"This is not a speech of concession. Because concession means to acknowledge an action that's right, true or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that."
After Abrams ended her campaign, many are using social media to question the validity of Kemp's win — including John Weaver, a presidential campaign adviser to John McCain and political strategist for former president George H.W. Bush:
This hack @BrianKempGA is the next "governor*" of Georgia. But he cheated & undermined democracy every step of the way. @staceyabrams should be governor, but isn't due to actions that can't be tolerated. She has a bright future. We need a new, enforceable Voting Rights Act. Now!
— John Weaver (@jwgop) November 17, 2018
Others agreed with Weaver's assessment:
How @BrianKempGA stole the election. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/mgNksXcJX6
— Veronica N. Chapman (@DrivenJones) November 19, 2018
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