Abrams Seeks VP Nod? Say It Ain’t So, Stacey

Headline:
Stacey Abrams says she’d be ‘honored’ to be vice president

COMMENT:
I am a Georgian and a fan of Stacey Abrams. I think she has a great future, in the state and nation.

I think she has stumbled badly by stating her willingness to be a VP candidate. Remember: she turned down a chance to run for the Senate in 2020 against an incumbent who is one of Trump’s chief lapdogs. She would have been a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination, but she very explicitly stated her focus was on running for Governor again in 2022. That’s the standard by which Georgians judge her lip-smacking eagerness to be a VP candidate in 2020.

And just two days ago, a dramatic new development. Georgia’s Other Senator, Johnny Isakson, who is not up for election in 2020, announced he is retiring at the end of the year for health reasons. Stacey Abrams now has no less than two chances to be a U.S. Senator, in a field where highly qualified Democrats are hard to find.

GA Democrats probably could tolerate her passing up a Senate contest in order to run for Governor in 2022, but pass up two chances for the Senate in order to run for Vice President? Abrams may be testing the limit of Georgians’ tolerance.

–Tom Barksdale

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