Stacey Abrams For Governor?

May 9, 2013 18:25 pm

by Buzz Brockway · 33 comments

House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams is considered a rising star in the Democratic constellation. Now comes a tip to the tip line telling us a robo-call has gone out asking the voter who bothered to pick up the phone if they would vote for Rep. Abrams over Governor Deal next year.

Anyone else get this call? What do y’all think? Is Abrams a viable candidate for Governor in 2014? Is she thinking about it or is this someone just fishing?

Discuss.

greencracker May 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Georgia elects black female ITP Democrat romance novelist as governor?

… but then, I’m not very good at predicting elections.

Mike Hassinger May 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm

+ 10. That was funny.

greencracker May 9, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Hey, in my lifetime, that will become non-laughable.

I reckon I got about 50 more years.

Spacey G May 10, 2013 at 12:07 pm

LOL!

seekingtounderstand May 9, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Here is how it could happen………………….after the republicans vote for defacto Amnesty for 30 million or more illegals with no border security, many will feel betrayed and no longer vote for any republican. Add in the women of GA who see no place for them on Governor Deals team or any other republican team.
This is an easy win for her.
And after Obamacare has nationalized our medical system and made all employees federal employees it will happen easily with the new democratic voters from amnesty.
Start kissing up………………to her because she could be our next governor.
And to all the republicans who have ignored the citizens and been strictly good ol boy, you handed it to her on a gold plate.

Dave Bearse May 9, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Depends on your definition of viability. Abrams would be a respectable candidate that I estimate would pull close to 45% of the vote, but as it stands now her chances of winning are less than 5%.

I see the only advantage to her in running in 2014 to be statewide office campaign experience and increasing statewide name recognition in preparation for a 2018 run, when there won’t be a GOP incumbent. I think her chances slim (say less than a third) even then, but a lot can happen between now and then.

Dave Bearse May 10, 2013 at 10:57 am

That said, I don’t think 2014 is a good time for Abrams to run for Governor.

maryharris May 9, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Stacey Abrams for Governor is just what we need. Anyone who actually knows her record understands how skilled she is at working with both sides…plus she actually knows how to get OTP. Could we actually hope for an elected who gets stuff done? But don’t think she is trying for ’14… really hoping she runs in ’18. Would be a great day for the Peach State.

seekingtounderstand May 9, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Your way under estimating the folks that will not vote once the Amensty bill gets thru vs. new GA democrat voters via Amensty. Anyone done the math? Add in women who are tire of being left out?
Who exactly would be left to vote for the republicans and how many just won’t vote at all?

ricstewart May 9, 2013 at 9:48 pm

And I bet you’re upset with immigrants who don’t speak English, too.

seekingtounderstand May 10, 2013 at 9:48 am

ricstewart: referring to public mood, no offence to race or PC meant. Peace

seekingtounderstand May 9, 2013 at 9:36 pm

The reason we are seeing Rubio and Chis Christie is that they see the writing on the wall and are selling America out for their own benefit.

ricstewart May 9, 2013 at 9:47 pm

She’s one of the most brilliant people you’ll ever meet… which means she’s much too smart to run in 2014. She’ll for higher office in 2018 or so, when she has a better shot.

greencracker May 9, 2013 at 10:08 pm

this ^

seekingtounderstand May 9, 2013 at 10:23 pm

She will miss her chance………as the time is 2014. More competition in 2018. However in 2018 all medical workers will be federal workers who ususally vote Democrat.

Ed May 10, 2013 at 7:15 am

You guys do realize this election is 17 months away. What could the incumbent Republican governor do in 17 months that would make him vulnerable?

Come on, y’all gotta be crazy.

Also, let me quote her from our chat earlier (FWIW: I didn’t even get to say Senate or Governor before she responded no).

“Not at all; I have no interest.

“My eye is on a long-term look of growing our party and caucus. We have to be very deliberate in what we target, who we target. I don’t think it’s going to take us 160 years to get back to where we were. Democracy will be very good to us.”

Buzz Brockway May 10, 2013 at 7:54 am

You’re no fun. It’s the job of political websites to engage in outlandish speculation 17 months before an election.

Chris Huttman May 10, 2013 at 11:29 am

So true.

Spacey G May 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Indeed.

Ed May 10, 2013 at 8:08 am

Buzz:

Any response to the rumors you’re going to primary Deal? Or are you running for POTUS in 2016? I can’t remember.

Buzz Brockway May 10, 2013 at 8:15 am

Heh.

Corvid May 10, 2013 at 8:46 am

Oh goodie!

I have a copy of her Federal Tax Lien that includes her social security number.

Yes – thanks to a recent ruling by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Markle, it is legal to mail and distribute that document in Georgia – no redaction of the social security number is required!

Who wants a copy?? I will be happy to send you as many copies as you want.

seekingtounderstand May 10, 2013 at 9:54 am

Governor Deal doesn’t have to do anything, he is a victim of timing. hot lanes, taxes rising, stress with Obamacare…………Amensty vote by national republicans. Social mood means more Apathy so the repubicans won’t win the senate or presidential race either.
And they voters will not fall for scare tactics anymore. Its been used to much.

David Staples May 10, 2013 at 10:04 am

This question is posed with the assumption that Deal gets a second term. Probably a pretty safe assumption, but it sounds like he’ll at least have a little bit of a challenge from Mayor Pennington. There’s only a year and a couple months left until the primary. He really has to up his game if he’s planning on making it to the general. Dissatisfaction with Deal isn’t going to just win the race for him.

As for Stacey, I just don’t see this as a good move for her right now. I think she’s smart enough to know that as well.

Ed May 10, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Here’s a scenario that I wouldn’t be terribly surprised to see… Nunn gets cold feet (again) Holcomb runs for Senate, no other Dems step up and because none of them step up, she dies on her sword for the Party.

I also put a request for comment into her office.

seekingtounderstand May 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Republicans gate keepers will lock out any potential challenge to Gov. Deal or anyone not in the club. Apathy will continue but they are counting on it not mattering since there is no challenge from the Democrats. Bad for GA.
Time for flip to Democrat side……………..2018!

David Staples May 10, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I wouldn’t be so sure. I’ve seen some key support behind Pennington already. It’s just not loud enough to be heard by the entire state… yet. Time will tell if he’s able to organize an effective campaign statewide. It’s a very tough race to run.

The Last Democrat in Georgia May 11, 2013 at 1:59 am

“It’s a very tough race to run.”

…Which is why Deal is likely to have little problem being re-elected at this point.

…Because Deal has truckloads of money and Pennington doesn’t necessarily have the best economic record being the Mayor of Dalton during a time in which the carpet industry has been severely battered by the downturn.

The Last Democrat in Georgia May 11, 2013 at 1:50 am

seekingtounderstand, May 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm-

“Time for flip to Democrat side……………..2018!”

With the popular and well-liked Casey Cagle and the highly-regarded Sam Olens both likely to run for Governor, 2018 will likely also be another tough year for Democrats, too.

…That is, absent any major GOP scandals (or missteps), of course.

Rep. Stacey Abrams May 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm

First, my deepest thanks to Rep. Brockway for speculation and gossip-mongering. It is at once flattering and a great way to increase my email traffic. Next, Ed Hula asked me to comment on the post, and here it is: I will not be running for statewide office in 2014. I’m not ready to leave the House that I call home until I’ve increased Democratic residency…

The Last Democrat in Georgia May 11, 2013 at 1:25 am

Excellent decision.

Tom Adams May 12, 2013 at 12:29 am

What on earth have you folks been smoking. The bubonic plague would have to hit and kill all voters over 30 for Stacey to have a chance for governor. She just can’t be that delusional. Although I have to admit this is the most attention she’s gotten statewide.

The Democrat bench is totally empty. It reminds me a lot of the Republican Party in Georgia in 1960.

The Last Democrat in Georgia May 12, 2013 at 2:51 pm

“What on earth have you folks been smoking(?)”

You don’t even want to know…

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