Stacey Abrams Faces a Difficult Choice

Former Georgia state representative Stacey Abrams is in an enviable but difficult position. Two years after her loss in the Georgia governor’s race she has been instrumental in the voter registration effort that helped deliver the state’s sixteen electoral votes to Joe Biden. As a result, odds are that the job of chairman for the Democratic National Committee would be hers for the asking. From that platform she could expand her efforts to get Democrats to register and vote all over the nation. But she has to consider if that opportunity is worth giving up the chance to run for governor again in 2020.

Abrams lost the 2018 governor’s race by a small margin amid allegations her opponent, then secretary of state Brian Kemp, had unlawfully purged hundreds of thousands of minority voters from the rolls without notifying them. Biden’s victory as the first Democrat to carry Georgia in the presidential race since 1992 indicates a strong possibility Abrams could succeed in a challenge against Kemp in 2022; that chance may have increased in the aftermath of Kemp’s defense of the state’s electoral process and refusal to interfere with the awarding of the peach state’s electoral votes to Donald Trump, potentially alienating a significant portion of the state’s Republican voters.

With the gubernatorial race only two years away, Abrams would not be able to take the DNC job while preparing to make her second stab at the governor’s mansion. If she has any ambitions for federal elective office the state’s highest office would look better on her resume than the party chairmanship, which more often goes to someone who is no longer looking to run for public office. Stacey Abrams has some long, hard thinking ahead of her to choose between those two jobs.

In Georgia Runoffs Trump is Reaping What He Has Sown

Donald Trump has been beating the bass drum of election fraud for the entirety of his presidential campaign, stating that the only way he would lose is if the election were rigged. Early on he came out in criticism of states’ allowing absentee ballots to be cast by mail, claiming without any proof that such a system was vulnerable to massive fraud. And when the state of Georgia was called for Joe Biden he claimed that the entire Georgia election infrastructure was corrupt, disregarding the fact that it was entirely run by the Republican party. Now we have a significant portion of Trump-supporting Republicans encouraging other Trump supporters to boycott the January Senate runoff races; some are claiming that the races are rigged and that voting in them will only help enable even more fraud, others are saying the Republican candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue have not done enough to support Trump in his efforts to overturn the state’s election results and hand the victory to Trump. Even with full participation by voters from both parties these races are expected to be very competitive; if a significant number of Republican voters heed the calls to boycott the elections it will likely hand the victories to Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, giving them a 50/50 split in the senate, which would allow Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to cast the deciding vote on any ties. It would appear that for the Republican party in Georgia, Trump’s attempts to discredit the election system in the state has succeeded a tiny bit too well.