Sen. Klobuchar Hopes Old Connections and New Alliances Help Her Campaign In Georgia

Feb 25, 2019

This weekend, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) became the latest presidential hopeful to visit the state in an effort to claim endorsements from top Democrats.

Klobuchar met privately with former President Jimmy Carter at his home in Plains on Friday. Following their lunch, she shared an image with the former president and first lady. "Got some good advice and helpful to hear about their grassroots presidential campaign (when no one thought they could win but they did!)"

Klobuchar is not the first candidate this cycle to meet with Carter. Sen. Cory Booker met with the 39th president in January. But perhaps her connection to Carter's vice-president, Walter Mondale, will give her more sway.  Before becoming vice-president, Mondale served as a senator from Minnesota, as well.

After traveling to South Georgia, Klobuchar and her team attended a voting rights round table with Democratic leaders and she later met privately with Stacey Abrams. While there have been reports of displeasure from the more progressive Democrats in the state that a meeting with Abrams was not on the original schedule, Lauren Groh-Wargo, the former campaign manager for Stacey Abrams and CEO of Fair Fight Action, said that Abrams is meeting with any Democratic presidential candidate who asks, “schedule permitting.”

To wrap up her time in the state, Klobuchar attended a private fundraising dinner at the home of former U.S. Ambassador Gordon Giffin. The high dollar dinner included guests such as former Gov. Roy Barnes and some of the wealthiest and most well-connected Democrats in the south.

Responding to the reports that some of the more progressive Democrats were unhappy with Klobuchar’s chosen audience, former President of the Atlanta City Council Atlanta Ceasar Mitchell says, “you don’t come to Georgia and not stop by the Giffins. You just don’t really. And why would you?”