ATLANTA, GA – Gov. Brian Kemp can count on Georgia’s sheriffs for support as he seeks a second term in a rematch with Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams. A total of 102 Georgia sheriffs have joined the Republican in condemning Abrams for her “soft-on-crime policies,” a key issue as crime surges across America.
The sheriffs released a joint statement on June 27 that condemned Abrams for “advancing the Defund the Police movement” with her position as a board member of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, a Seattle-based grantmaking group. The sheriffs called the foundation an “anti-police organization” and wrote:
“. . .Stacey Abrams has repeatedly shown complete disdain for law enforcement and the risk we take every day putting our lives on the line to serve our communities.
“Ms. Abrams actively serves on the governing board of—and has profited from—an anti-police organization which openly advocates for abolishing prisons and stripping local police departments of their funding.”
A total of 102 sheriffs in #Georgia have joined @GovKemp, who is seeking a second term, in a statement condemning Democratic gubernatorial candidate @StaceyAbrams over her support of “soft-on-crime policies.” https://t.co/hieRZS9ePC
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) June 28, 2022
The governor’s race is a rematch between Kemp and Abrams, according to The Epoch Times.
So far it has been a tight race. According to a recent poll from East Carolina University’s Center for Survey Research, Kemp is leading Abrams 50 percent to 45 percent. The poll surveyed 868 registered voters in Georgia from June 6 to June 9.
Abrams became a board member of the extremist foundation in May 2021. Less than a month later, she was one of the board members supporting the foundation’s roll-out of an anti-police initiative.
Abrams can’t hide from her own words and willingness to support and profit from Defund the Police organizations.
As long as Abrams serves on this board and backs their agenda, she cannot claim to support our men and women in blue.
— Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA) June 23, 2022
The foundation actively supports the #AbolishthePolice and #DefundthePolice movements, as evidenced by the frequent mention of the two Twitter hashtags on its social media account. One recent example involved a post promoting a book event promoted by the foundation.
The sheriffs added:
“Stacey Abrams also supports proposals that put criminals back on our streets and clears their criminal record, and she opposed legislation to crack down on human trafficking when she served in the state legislature.”
Abrams’ decision to twice skip voting on a sex-trafficking bill, HB 341, was a very public issue leading up to the 2018 race. At that time, Abrams was the minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives. The sheriffs wrote:
“These policies and Ms. Abrams’ role in advocating for them put Georgia’s law enforcement officers and the communities we serve at risk.
“In these uncertain times, it is critical to our profession that Georgia’s leaders stand firmly behind the men and women in law enforcement who keep Georgia families safe. We are grateful to have the support of Governor Kemp and his administration, and we call on Stacey Abrams to disavow the dangerous policies she supports.”
Ms. Abrams, are you still on board of the Marguerite Casey Foundation that has repeatedly voiced support for defunding and abolishing the police??? If so, you are being a wee bit fishy….. https://t.co/5ECswyfQPJ
— NotioMagnus1776 (@NotioMagnus1776) June 23, 2022
The Epoch Times has reached out to Abrams’ campaign for comment.
The sheriffs, meanwhile, have applauded Gov. Kemp for what he has done in the past four years. They wrote:
“Over the last four years, Governor Kemp and his family stood shoulder to shoulder with the men and women serving in Georgia’s law enforcement community.
“Working alongside our departments, Governor Kemp has championed legislation to recruit and retain more officers into the profession, strengthen penalties for criminals and help keep Georgia’s streets safe, and prevent rogue local governments from stripping critical funding and resources from police.”
The sheriffs’ remarks came just days after Kemp issued a statement calling for Abrams to resign from the Marguerite Casey Foundation. Kemp wrote:
“Today the Kemp for Governor campaign called on Stacey Abrams to resign from the governing board of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, a radical group that has called to “#DefundthePolice” and “#AbolishthePolice” and which, last year, increased its funding to anti-police initiatives with Abrams’ explicit support as a governing board member. The group has paid Abrams at least $52,500 to date, according to financial disclosures.
“Stacey Abrams and her campaign staff are doing everything in their power to erase her history of supporting and advocating for anti-police initiatives that put our men and women in law enforcement at severe risk,” said Tate Mitchell, Press Secretary.
“She may be able to flip flop on support for dangerous policies once she sees polling, but Stacey Abrams can’t hide from the fact that her continued service to – and willingness to profit from – the board of the Marguerite Casey Foundation is an endorsement of Defund the Police, Abolish the Police, ending cash bail, and a host of other policies that make our streets and communities more dangerous. If Abrams truly cares about keeping Georgia families safe, she should resign from this board immediately.
“Earlier this summer, Fox News reported Abrams joined the Marguerite Casey Foundation as a governing board member in 2021, and shortly thereafter, she voted “yes” in a unanimous board decision to increase funding to anti-police initiatives. The press release from that vote can be found here, explicitly stating “This latest initiative is fully supported by Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Board of Directors, which recently named seven new changemakers to the Board, including Stacey Abrams.” Fox News’ reporting goes on to detail that Abrams has pocketed at least $52,500 from the organization, according to her own financial disclosures.
“The Marguerite Casey Foundation has made no secret of its advocacy for the #DefundthePolice and #AbolishthePolice movements, evident in its public support for the anti-police agenda on social media as recently as March and February of this year – well after Abrams entered the race for governor.”
Stacey Abrams suggests Republicans won’t ‘stop men from murdering women of color’
April 24, 2021
During a recent episode of MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” that aired on April 22nd, former politician and Democratic activist Stacey Abrams inferred that voters should align themselves with Democratic politicians when at the ballot box, due to her alleging that Republicans “will not stop men from murdering women of color.”
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) April 23, 2021
Abrams made this claim, among a litany of other strange proclamations, by making mention of generalized perceived issues and specified incidents and then tying them to elected officials within the Republican party.
Abrams spoke to address present vulnerabilities in the voting process, and characterizing the recently enacted legislation as some nefarious plot by Republicans to enable voter suppression aimed at minority communities:
“What we saw happen in Georgia in 2020 and again in 2021 has, indeed, led to hysteria from Republicans. But the reaction should not be to hold on to power by diminishing the power of citizenship.
“It should be, ‘Let us evaluate our policies and do our best to convince these voters that they can join us.’ Voters of color are just like any other voter. We will pick the people who will represent us best and deliver for our needs.
“What we have failed to see from Republicans is a willingness to confront that reality and adjust accordingly. So instead, we are seeing voter suppression, which is the coward’s tactic when it comes to winning elections.”
The MSNBC show host, Joy Reid, then made reference to the spa shootings that transpired in the Atlanta area as well as instances of “police brutality,” asking Abrams the following:
“We’ve seen, you know, the Asian American community suffer this horrific attack. You know, obviously, we’ve seen ongoing police brutality issues. There are still cases that are open there.”
“These communities are facing these multiple stressors, right? I’m wondering how you think that winds up intersecting as people like you from Fair Fight and others are coming back and saying to get into the political process?”
Abrams then responded, highlighting that somehow elected officials bear some level of responsibility in the Atlanta spa murders, alleging that if certain officials are in office that it somehow enables or tacitly approves of minority women getting murdered by men:
“One of the most important ways to engage voters, there’s absolutely the responsibility of registration, but it is connecting the dots. It is making certain as we saw with these horrific murders that if we do not have the right people in power, then they will not stop men from murdering women of color.”
For the record, murder is most definitely already illegal in Georgia.
This notion was carried on by Abrams, further alleging that essentially Republicans aren’t taking steps to protect the environment or seem content with instances of police officers committing crime:
“If we do not have the right people in power, they will not take action to protect our environment. If we do not have the right people in power, district attorneys will not charge, and police officers will be left to immunize themselves from accountability for their actions.”
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