Stacey Abrams Attacks Her Own State

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

This was a dumb idea.

Despite owning two properties in Georgia, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams declared the state is “the worst state in the country to live.”

Audio from her speech at the Gwinnett Democrats’ Bluetopia Gala in Norcross was published by the Gwinnett Daily Post. In it, Abrams can be heard saying: “I’m running for governor because I know that we have to have a conversation about who we are in this state and what we want for each other and from each other.”

She went on to state that she’s “tired of hearing about how we’re the best state in the country to do business when we are the worst state in the country to live.”

Acknowledging her statements would be “politicized,” Abrams elaborated, pointing to the state’s dismal rating for mental health, incarceration, and maternal mortality.

“Let me contextualize,” Abram continued.

“When you’re No. 48 for mental health, when we’re No. 1 for maternal mortality when you have an incarceration rate that’s on the rise and wages that are on the decline, then you are not the No. 1 place to live.”

Abrams, who owns at least two properties in the state, and has an estimated net worth of over $3 million, emphasized, “Georgia is capable of greatness,” but added that “we need greatness to be in our governor’s office. We need someone who actually believes in bringing all of us in there together.”

She reiterated her statements on Twitter, tweeting, “GA may be #1 for biz, but we’re #48 in mental health, #2 in uninsured, #1 in maternal mortality & new HIV cases, #9 in gun violence. For too many, Kemp’s Georgia doesn’t include them. Why? Because #KempDoesntCare,” adding, “As for Governor, I’ll lead #OneGeorgia that’s #1 for all of us.”

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp responded, “Stacey Abrams may think differently, but I believe Georgia is the best state to live, work, and raise a family. And Marty, the girls, and I will work hard every day from now until November to keep it that way for four more years.”