DUNWOODY, Georgia – Stacey Abrams’ comment that “[Georgia] is the worst state in the country to live” drew a response from incumbent Georgia Governor, Brian Kemp, on Monday when he tweeted a different sentiment.
“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!” Kemp tweeted.
In a follow-up post on Instagram, Abrams accused Kemp of dividing Georgians.
“Brian Kemp sees two Georgias: one for those doing already well and one where he actively leaves people behind. Brian Kemp doesn’t care — but I do. I will fight for #OneGeorgia, where everyone can thrive,” she said.
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Abrams added to her controversial statement in a tweet on Monday where she changed the topic of conversation to Medicaid, something which she criticized Kemp about before.
“Even Mike Pence expanded Medicaid in Indiana. Yet, Brian Kemp refused to expand Medicaid in Georgia. Why? Because #KempDoesntCare,” she said.
Brian Kemp’s rival in the 2022 gubernatorial midterm election, David Perdue, also opined on the statement made by the DNC’s gubernatorial hopeful.
“Abrams doesn’t care about Georgia. She wants to live in the White House. It’s up to us to make sure that NEVER happens,” he told his twitter followers.
Governor Kemp’s only other statement about Abrams on Monday entailed his desire to beat the Democrat in the November gubernatorial election, something which Kemp won’t be able to do if he cannot stop David Perdue.
“I am asking for your VOTE tomorrow so we can STOP Stacey Abrams, and make sure she is NEVER our governor or the next president. Make your plan to VOTE TOMORROW!” wrote the incumbent governor.
TOMORROW IS ELECTION DAY!
I am asking for your VOTE tomorrow so we can STOP Stacey Abrams, and make sure she is NEVER our governor or the next president. Make your plan to VOTE TOMORROW!
Find your polling location at: https://t.co/IcmYW4hhHL pic.twitter.com/GUkxsyU6j8
— Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA) May 23, 2022
Abrams will face the winner of the Georgia GOP gubernatorial nomination, which will be decided Tuesday unless Kemp fails to achieve a majority vote of 50 percent-plus-one.
A run-off gubernatorial election, if needed, will be June 21.
Addison Basurto is a reporter at The Georgia Star and The Star News Network. Follow Addy on Twitter and GETTR. Email tips to [email protected].