John Lewis is the latest person who wants Michelle Nunn and the rest of the Democratic ticket to start articulating what they really believe.
Speaking to the gay news outlet The Georgia Voice, the civil rights icon said candidates have a “moral obligation” to speak out on hot-button issues.
[I]t’s very difficult for people in this region, but leaders have to lead.
I can understand the position that Michelle [Nunn] and Jason [Carter] may be in. I’ve heard “Let them get elected and they’ll be more effective and be able to do more and say more” but I think there are many politicians in this region that are reluctant to say anything. I tell people all the time, “Go with your gut and it will work out.” It’s amazing to me that in such a short few years, people have come so far. And they just need a little leadership really.
I tend to agree with Lewis. If Georgia truly is changing in the Democrats’ favor, running away from more mainstream liberal issues isn’t going to help them. It is nearly universal that younger voters are becoming increasingly socially liberal.
Last week, Senator Johnny Isakson said Nunn is going to have to start taking a stance on issues. Sen. Carter, to his credit, has been vocal about his policies and views. I’ve also said Nunn is going to have to start saying who she is and what she believes. If myself, Sen. Isakson and Cong. Lewis believe something, it must be true.