Georgia Governor Brian Kemp doesn’t mince words when it comes to Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams. He told voters in south Georgia that her policies will be harmful for small businesses.
Kemp claimed Abrams would defund police and get rid of cash bail. Her political ambitions were more important than what was best for Georgians.
Kemp stated to the Washington Examiner that “people know my record now and they also know Stacey Abrams’s record,” Kemp said. She criticized me for keeping our economy open. When we sent our children back to school, she criticized me. She was critical of the things I did to combat 40-years-high inflation for our people, such as sending $1 billion in tax money back, suspending gas tax [and] having the largest state income tax reduction in history. Although she has criticized these things in the past, she now supports them as the political winds are shifting and Georgians understand that. They are intelligent voters and want someone who is honest and who fights for them. I have been doing that every single day.
Abrams and Kemp are locked in a heated rematch from the 2018 election. Kemp won the victory over Abrams. (Kemp defeated Abrams by 54.723 votes from 3.9 million ballots.
Kemp entered this year’s general elections campaign with a majority of his party behind him, a large fundraising machine at his disposal and a track record for conservative wins. At a time when the nation was suffering from sky-high gas prices, Kemp cut the state gas tax, increased Medicaid, but modestly, and sought out black voters.
Kemp is aggressive in his reelection campaign, portraying Abrams as an outsider who uses the governor’s race to get to national office.
Kemp also stated to the Washington Examiner Abrams is not in touch with Georgians. He claims that Abrams thanked Georgians for their support during the COVID-19 epidemic.
The Abrams campaign didn’t respond to a request to comment.
Kemp, who called federal COVID-19 relief money wasteful, used it for local enforcement, rural broadband, and a $130million cash infusion to Grady Health System for nearly 200 more hospital beds. Kemp, as governor, had the power to spend the money in any way he wished.
Abrams will face Kemp on Monday night in the first of two televised debates.