Stacey Abrams turns down Georgia Senate race to focus on not being governor – Washington Examiner
Failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has ruled out running for Senate next year. The rumor is that the candidate who still hasn’t admitted she lost last year’s governor’s race wants to take a crack at losing in the Democratic presidential 2020 primary.
“I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate,” the Georgia Democrat and election truther said Tuesday in a video uploaded to social media. “The fights to be waged require a deep commitment to the job, and I do not see the U.S. Senate as the best role for me in this battle for our nation’s future.”
She adds, “I still don’t know exactly what’s next for me. Over the coming weeks, you’ll be hearing more from me and my team about groundbreaking initiatives to protect the right to vote and to increase the participation of Americans in setting the course for Georgia and the future of our country.”
On Monday, Abrams reportedly told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., of her decision not to run for Senate. This should come as a great irritation to the New York lawmaker, who had been lobbying hard to get Abrams to challenge Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., in 2020, according to Politico.
“If you look at her background — she knows what working people, middle-class people go through. I’m very excited that she’s agreed to be the respondent to the president,” Schumer sucked up in January when he announced Abrams had been asked to give the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union address.
He added, “She has led the charge for voting rights, which is at the root of just about everything else.”
A fat lot of good that show of reverence did Schumer and the other Democratic leaders, who had hoped Abrams would help them put an important seat in play to wrest control of the Senate from Republicans. With her announcement Tuesday, Abrams threw cold water on their dream of unseating Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. By the sound of it, it also seems Abrams is going back to her favorite new hobby: publicly mulling her political future while maintaining, without evidence, that she is the rightful governor of Georgia.
What is humorous about Abrams turning down the opportunity to run for Senate is that it comes not long after she personally shot down any possibility that she would join Joe Biden’s presidential campaign as his running mate.
“I think you don’t run for second place,” Abrams said on “The View.” “If I’m going to enter a primary, then I’m going to enter a primary.”
Serious question: Is there a bigger charity case in American politics right now than Abrams? She blew it in 2018 despite having tons of backing and sympathetic publicity from the national media. She also claims she won that race when it wasn’t really close (she lost by a margin of about 55,000 votes). Democrats keep handing her second chances and she keeps scoffing at their offers because, well, I guess she actually believes her own press.
If nothing else, at least Abrams turning down the chance to lose a Senate race has spared us all from the inevitability of her claiming later that, along with being the rightful governor of Georgia, she is also its rightful senator.