Brian Kemp tears into Stacey Abrams for calling Georgia the ‘worst state in the country to live’


‘Bless her heart’: Brian Kemp tears into Stacey Abrams for calling Georgia the ‘worst state in the country to live’ in first TV ad ahead of their rematch governor race

  • The ad begins by playing a widely criticized clip of Abrams calling Georgia the ‘worst’ place to live
  • ‘I am 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,’ Abrams said
  • ‘Bless her heart,’ a narrator in the commercial said. ‘Georgia leads the nation in economic recovery. Georgia leads the nation because Brian Kemp is governor’
  • Kemp is ahead of Abrams by about 5.2 points in the Peach State according to RealClearPolitics’ polling average

Georgia‘s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp used Stacey Abrams attack on the state to hit her in a new ad ahead of their November rematch for the governor’s seat. 

The ad begins by playing a widely criticized clip of Abrams calling Georgia the ‘worst’ place to live.

‘I am 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,’ Abrams said in a speech at Gwinnett Democrats‘ Bluetopia Gala in Norcross, Georgia on May 21. 

‘Bless her heart,’ a narrator in the commercial said. ‘Georgia leads the nation in economic recovery. Georgia leads the nation because Brian Kemp is governor.’

‘He reopened Georgia first, brought thousands of jobs and Kemp’s cut taxes to help families deal with Biden’s inflation,’ the commercial went on. 

In her remark, Abrams was responding to Kemp’s frequent claim about Georgia being the best place for business. 

'I am 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,' Abrams said in a speech in Bluecross, Georgia on May 21

‘I am 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,’ Abrams said in a speech in Bluecross, Georgia on May 21

The voting rights activist and gubernatorial candidate went on further to clarify that she felt the state could do better on issues where they are ranked near the last in the nation.

‘Let me contextualize,’ she said. ‘When you’re number 48 for mental health, when we’re number one 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 number one place to live.’

‘Georgia is capable of greatness, but 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 added.

Abrams, who ran a failed gubernatorial campaign against Kemp in 2018 and who owns two houses in Georgia, continued to hammer home these points in a tweet.

'Bless her heart,' a narrator in the commercial said. 'Georgia leads the nation in economic recovery. Georgia leads the nation because Brian Kemp is governor'

‘Bless her heart,’ a narrator in the commercial said. ‘Georgia leads the nation in economic recovery. Georgia leads the nation because Brian Kemp is governor’

'For too many, Kemp's Georgia doesn't include them. Why? Because #KempDoesntCare. As Governor, I'll lead #OneGeorgia that's #1 for all of us,' Abrams promised

‘For too many, Kemp’s Georgia doesn’t include them. Why? Because #KempDoesntCare. As Governor, I’ll lead #OneGeorgia that’s #1 for all of us,’ Abrams promised 

‘For too many, Kemp’s Georgia doesn’t include them. Why? Because #KempDoesntCare. As Governor, I’ll lead #OneGeorgia that’s #1 for all of us.’

Abrams was also critical of Kemp’s handling of the pandemic and issues related to climate.

‘You don’t have to be a Democrat to know that climate change is real. You don’t have to be a Democrat to understand that criminal justice reform is the way forward,’ she said. ‘Brian Kemp just doesn’t care.’

Kemp responded on Twitter Saturday night, saying Georgia ‘is the best state to live, work, and raise a family.’

Last month Kemp handily won a primary race against Trump-backed David Perdue, Georgia’s former senator who lost to Democrat John Ossoff in 2021. 

The ex-president helped Kemp to the Governor’s Mansion in 2018 when he backed the then-Georgia Secretary of State for the role.

Since then, however, Kemp’s refusal to overturn his state’s 2020 electoral count – which helped President Joe Biden clinch the White House – made him among Trump’s most frequent targets.

Kemp is ahead of Abrams by about 5.2 points in the Peach State according to RealClearPolitics’ polling average. 

In other attacks Kemp has used Abrams’ apparent national ambitions against her, accusing her of just using the governorship to springboard into national politics. When Biden announced he would pick a black woman vice president, Abrams made it clear she wanted the job, telling Elle Magazine she would make an ‘excellent running mate.’

‘Stacey Abrams’s far-left campaign for governor in 2022 is only a warm-up for her presidential run in 2024,’ Kemp said during his victory address after the primary race. ‘Her radical ideas are meant to please people in New York, California and Chicago who are funding her campaign, so she can head straight out to Iowa or New Hampshire next year,’ he added, referring to states with the first primaries and caucuses in presidential years.  

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