Mass. Democrats Warren, Pressley Rally For Abrams In Georgia

Oct 10, 2018

Dozens of supporters packed into a converted office in a Jonesboro strip mall Tuesday to catch a glimpse of Georgia's Democratic gubernatorial nominee on the campaign trail.

Behind a curtain and equally enveloped by the 90 percent humidity permeating the space, Stacey Abrams, Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley were calling voters in Clayton County to help knock on doors ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

They’re the latest Democrats with a national profile to campaign on behalf of the Democratic Party of Georgia, joining Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, former Attorney General Eric Holder and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in making stops.

Speaking at the campaign field office, Abrams continued spreading her campaign platforms of expanding Medicaid and boosting spending for education.

“You cannot poll transformation,” Pressley said. “And transformation is here in Georgia.”

“The thing of it is blue waves aren't blue,” Abrams intoned. “A blue wave is African-American, it's white, it’s Asian and Pacific Islander; it’s disabled and differently abled, LGBTQ, it is law enforcement, veterans….”

Earlier in the day, Warren and Pressley also joined Abrams at a rally in front of several hundred people at Clayton State University.

Pressley revved up the crowd by pointing to her 17-point victory in the Sept. 4 primary against longtime incumbent House Rep. Michael Capuano, where polling had her down by double-digits.

“You cannot poll transformation,” Pressley said. “And transformation is here in Georgia.”

Warren said the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court over the weekend “hurt,” but told the crowd it would make Democrats stronger heading into the election.

The senior senator from the Bay State also said candidates like Pressley, who will become Massachusetts’ first black congresswoman when sworn in, and Abrams, who could become the country’s first black female governor, will help change the political direction of the country.

“If anyone in this room needs a reason to get just a little more excited, I’ve got three words for you: Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley,” she said. “If there’s anyone in the back who’s still hanging back and needs just a little bit more excitement, I’ve got three more words for you: Governor Stacey Abrams.”

Abrams faces Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Libertarian Ted Metz.