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Abrams at Georgia Southern: “People shouldn’t have to go into agriculture” to make a living

Democratic candidate for Governor of Georgia is taking heat after she told a crowd at Georgia Southern University that people “shouldn’t have to go into agriculture” and promised to create “ a lot of different jobs.”

The statement was made on her “Our Voices. Our Votes. Our Time” tour in which Abrams has been touring the state with other Democratic candidates and leaders ahead of Election Day. It was recorded on video by someone in attendance at the rally that took place Tuesday evening.

You can listen to the clip in which Abrams also discusses hospitality here.

Georgia Southern is located in Statesboro in southeast Georgia’s Bulloch County – a farming community surrounded by a number of other predominantly agricultural communities. Georgia has 9.6 million acres of land devoted to farms and more than 42,000 individual farms across the state, each with an average farm size of 228 acres. Agriculture is a $73 billion industry in the Peach State. One in seven Georgians work in agriculture, forestry, or related fields.

The clip is brief, so AllOnGeorgia reached out to the Abrams campaign Wednesday seeking comment and clarification. As of publishing, the Abrams campaign had not responded. 

***UPDATE*** Abrams campaign provided a statement at 7:00 P.M.

From Abrams campagin spokeswoman Abigail Collazo:

This is an absurdly misleading attack from someone who has plans to kill Georgia’s hospitality industry by signing discriminatory legislation like RFRA and who has personally guaranteed $10 million in loans for a company that defrauded farmers – actions Governor Nathan Deal’s administration has said may be a felony under Georgia law. And while Stacey Abrams believes all Georgians — including farmers and hospitality workers — should have access to affordable health care, Brian Kemp has continued to staunchly oppose Medicaid expansion. Abrams is the only candidate with detailed plans to invest in rural Georgia by creating good-paying jobs, expanding access to broadband, and investing in rural educators and students. It is clear that Brian Kemp’s go-to tactic has become lying about Stacey Abrams’ bold plans and detailed policy proposals in order to cover up the fact that he has none of his own.”

 

The Kemp campaign was quick to respond to the video now circulating . Press Secretary for the Kemp campaign Cody Hall said in a statement published Wednesday:

“While Stacey Abrams was building her national profile on ‘Meet the Press,’ Brian Kemp was down in Southwest Georgia to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Michael and discuss the storm’s effect on our state’s agriculture industry.

Days later, Stacey Abrams took a bus out of Atlanta to avoid question about her plan to let illegal immigrants vote and Brian Kemp traveled to Savannah in support of Georgia tourism and our local elected officials.

Brian Kemp understands the incredible impact that agriculture and tourism have on our state. He values the sacrifices made by our farmers to feed their family and ours. Kemp knows that tourism drives local economies throughout our state – creating jobs and economic opportunity for people of all walks of life.

Stacey Abrams brash and condescending comments undermine our most valued industries and disparage hardworking Georgians in every corner of our state. We need a governor who backs Georgia farmers – instead of attacking them during a crisis. We need a governor like Brian Kemp who will stand with those in the hospitality business – instead of telling workers they should find another job.”

Here's Stacey Abrams insulting the farmers and hospitality workers of Georgia as if they're inferior. She says these people should instead go into "renewable energy jobs because, I'm going to tell y'all a secret: climate change is real."Forget the last part — why insult agriculture workers and hospitality workers to make your climate change point? We can't all live in Atlanta and we don't all want to either.

Posted by Erick Erickson on Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The complete video of the speech is below.

HAPPENING NOW: Our “We Are Georgia” bus tour Early Vote Rally at Georgia Southern University. https://map.staceyabrams.com/

Posted by Stacey Abrams on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Jessica Szilagyi is a former Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com.

141 Comments

141 Comments

  1. Lego Joe

    October 17, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    See, Stacy thinks food comes from Walmart. She has never cropped tobacco, baled hay, or even grown a tomato in a backyard garden, but she has not paid her bills, taxes or repaid her student loans, but she has and is working the system. Governor, PLEASE???

    • Burns bryan

      October 17, 2018 at 7:58 pm

      Well said. I am was just wondering where she thinks food comes from. I come from a long line of farmers. During the depression, my Daddy ran the farm at 15 years of age while my grandfather worked for the county teaching others how to farm. God bless the Farmer and the families supported by this work. CB

      • Al

        January 13, 2019 at 9:44 pm

        We need more farmers they are hard workers

    • David Kettles

      October 17, 2018 at 9:05 pm

      Exactly.

    • BlessYourHeart

      October 18, 2018 at 12:05 pm

      @Lego Joe…bahahaha!!!!🤣🤣🤣🤣

    • Tara

      October 19, 2018 at 8:58 am

      Not true , do some research and stay off FOX NEWS !

      • EUGENIA DAVIS

        October 21, 2018 at 11:08 am

        Tara – I don’t know what or if you eat but if you do I can assure you that the food you are ingesting comes from a farmer somewhere on the planet unless you have grown all your own food and then, more importantly, YOU are the farmer….think about that. As far as FOX news goes – do you object to people having a source of news that is different from yours? I might suggest OAN (I think that’s correct) if you would like to hear another point of view other than FOX. Thank you for listening to my opinion.

        • Shannon Drane

          October 22, 2018 at 8:06 pm

          Ga is the #1 supplier of chicken (broilers in the country and one of the top 5 producers of peanuts and soy and also is the #2 supplier of cotton in the US so without GA farmers we’d all be naked and starving … jus sayin ☝️

          • Craig B Timberlake

            October 23, 2018 at 11:02 pm

            Jimmy Carter was a farmer

      • Gary W Neidhardt

        October 21, 2018 at 4:09 pm

        Tara <– suffering from the disease of denial and from watching garbage on CNN. Not qualified to wipe herself much less give advice.

      • Trevor Bryson

        October 22, 2018 at 2:15 am

        Tara, what part of this are you saying isn’t true? You can’t just make a blanket statement about something not being true without qualifying your comment. Some rebuttal facts would be a nice touch. We have forgotten how to intelligently debate nowadays and simply revert to saying “not true” followed by some insult.

      • T_Snub

        October 22, 2018 at 6:37 am

        Why, so we can become obedient sheep like you?

      • Michael Buckner

        October 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm

        What about Fox news? You got an example of some kind of fightnews they have distributed like CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS? I have done this literally dozens of times, and can’t seem to get a single person to give me an example of fake news from Fox. Seems like someone making a claim as bold as that, they could at least back it up with something? A bunch of running mouths is all that is, all the Democrat Party consist of.

        • Common Sense

          October 23, 2018 at 2:57 am

          If you only get your news from cable television, its your own fault. There’s plenty of unbiased reliable sources of news on the internet, use it.

    • Sara

      October 22, 2018 at 10:01 am

      This democrat is voting republican!!

    • Common Sense

      October 23, 2018 at 2:56 am

      Okay, you literally just fell for the propaganda machine. Stacy Abrams said people shouldn’t have to rely on agriculture and hospitality to make a living or go out of state to pursue your dream job, she didn’t say Walmart made the food. You’re either willingly ignorant or a plant from the Kemp party.

    • elissaf

      October 23, 2018 at 8:50 am

      You should be ashamed of such blatant lies.

      You really ARE deplorable.

      Go move to Russia. They like your brand of hatred and intolerance there.

    • Stephen dunkel

      October 31, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      Nice try….but smart people are not going to believe you. Lmao

  2. Marlas

    October 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    How out of touch with Georgia could you possibly be. I certainly am not making my living in Agriculture. But I am proud of our farmers who generate our largest exports. And to make farming sound like a last resort choice??? We are proud of our farmers and they are proud to be working our land.

    • i

      October 19, 2018 at 4:29 am

      Half of “Georgia” is metro Atlanta area. They don’t care about the rest. This is a national problem, not just for Georgia. And the big cities governed by Democrats are where most of the voter fraud is. And that is where Clinton almost got elected, just as Atlanta may elect this woman.

  3. Fred

    October 17, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Need move to california were liberal people live dont know how to think. As working class people we need our farmers vote Republican she ro liberal for Georgia 🇬🇪

    • I hate ignorant comments

      October 18, 2018 at 1:30 am

      California’s agricultural abundance includes more than 400 commodities. Over a third of the country’s vegetables and two-thirds of the country’s fruits and nuts are grown in California. California is the leading US state for cash farm receipts, accounting for over 13 percent of the nation’s total agricultural value.

      • Molly

        October 18, 2018 at 10:06 am

        Move her there with yall in the land of the fruits cakes and nutzos! Let her become.yalls gov!

        • BlessYourHeart♡

          October 18, 2018 at 12:07 pm

          Absolutely!!! California/Hollyweird

          • Michael

            October 21, 2018 at 6:22 pm

            Southern Cali is very different from Northern Cali where the farms are, and most people from Northern Cali want to break away from the southern part of their state.

      • Lee

        October 21, 2018 at 9:17 pm

        yep, California gotta lotta nuts, and plenty of fruits,too, ….Maxine Waterhead

  4. Martha Dykes

    October 17, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Please DO NOT vote for this racist woman. How dare she put down our farmers!!!!! Running for Governor of my State…boy the Democrats are scraping the bottom of the barrel……..VOTE KEMP

    • Scott Elmondres

      October 17, 2018 at 11:05 pm

      She wasn’t putting down farmers. Listen to that entire portion of the recording. Her intent, despite poor choice of words, is that southern Georgians shouldn’t have to leave the region to pursue their dreams if they are outside of agribusiness or hospitality. If you choose that life, good for you. Farming is a good life. So are medicine, technology, and many other fields that aren’t easy to find jobs in around south GA.

      • lonnie

        October 18, 2018 at 12:41 am

        she like her followers are dumber than the dirt,it takes to grow a bushel of potatoes, They must grow plastic cows in liberal land also.

        • Sarah

          October 22, 2018 at 3:12 pm

          That was hardly even a sentence, so I don’t think you’re qualified to decide who is “dumber than the dirt it takes to grow a bushel of potatoes.” Learn some grammar.

      • Julius C Manning

        October 18, 2018 at 3:19 pm

        Scott what a dumb idiot yo are.

      • James

        October 18, 2018 at 4:30 pm

        Choice of words count she’s at an age school what the hell is she doing talking down the field they choose to enter . My granddaughter went to that school transfered to UGA and graduated with a degree in animal science biology . She’s young and loves her job this group if students in ag are close they love our land and animals that keep America and other countries from starving .

      • Vicki Beckum

        October 18, 2018 at 9:00 pm

        Amen brother

      • Greg Bentley

        October 18, 2018 at 10:13 pm

        Well said…

      • Robert Sutter

        October 18, 2018 at 11:11 pm

        What an ignorant dumbass….Governor Not

        • Gawja Liberal

          October 22, 2018 at 5:34 am

          It’s hilarious that the people that are disagreeing with Scott’s open-minded opinion, and probable meaning by Mrs. Abrams speech, would not pass 3rd grade English? If you all need to continue your education, so that you can choose the career of your choice (use your context clues), Abrams also supports the HOPE scholarship! She’s already pushed for free tuition to technical colleges and super low rates on student loadn. Her main education goal is to get more need-based aid so that every legal Georgia resident can receive a better chance to pay for their career path. Hey, if you need to go back a little earlier, Abrams will ensure that your teacher is better taken care of financially! Love, your Gawja Liberal

          • Meejer

            July 17, 2020 at 10:54 am

            People “who” are disagreeing. Comma after “opinion” is wrong. “you all”: “all of you”. “so you can” not “so that you can”. “She has” not “She’s” which is the contraction for “She is”. “loans” not “loadn” (whatever that is). And finally… what does a teacher being taken care of financially have to do with anyone else needing to back to school a little earlier? This Sentence does not convey an idea, it’s a dijointed mess. 3rd grade English indeed.

      • Fallon Rae

        October 22, 2018 at 9:54 am

        Clearly she disdains these industries. You can twist it any way you like. More people at the trough suits her better. Job security for reallocationists of the resources of others. And since Scott Elmondres does not exist (look “him” up, Google or Facebook or anywhere) I would be very careful believing any of “his” posts here to be what he says they are- “reasonable” posts from a conservative. Yes, let us speak honestly, perhaps about her hundreds of thousands of dollars in student, credit card, and unpaid back tax debt? Several times higher in each category than the national average? Honesty is such a rare quality these days. Especially on the left.

    • Mary Herring

      October 18, 2018 at 6:46 am

      Preach it Sista!

    • Q Humphries

      October 18, 2018 at 11:27 am

      How is she racist? Not everyone wants to farm and that’s okay. I didn’t see where she put down farmers…

  5. Marie

    October 17, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    I’ve lived on a small farm all my life
    (77 years) and am thankful for farmers!
    And yes I picked Cotton when I was young- Thankful for that also & it didn’t hurt me one bit- except my fingers.

  6. James Earl Swindell

    October 17, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    I’m sure happy we have lots of good FARMERS IN GEORGIA in spite of what the Democratic Candidate of Georgia said in her speech at Georgia Southern. Has she forget that our food, fiber, and lots of other essential things that we use daily, are grown by our local farmers in Georgia?

  7. Opinion

    October 17, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Where did she come from certainly not GEORGIA! What is her history?? Soros paid for??

    • lonnie

      October 18, 2018 at 12:43 am

      a nothern transplant that we don’t want here.like the carpet-baggers of the old days amen.IMHO

      • Eric

        October 18, 2018 at 12:45 pm

        Far from being a transplant…she’s from Mississippi and spent her teen years in the Atlanta metro where she went on to attend Spelman College.

        • Julius C Manning

          October 18, 2018 at 3:22 pm

          Eric was she on welfare bet she was.

        • Steve

          October 20, 2018 at 12:27 pm

          Shes not from Mississippi. Shes from Madison, Wisconsin

        • Steve

          October 20, 2018 at 12:28 pm

          She is not from Mississippi. She’s from Madison Wisconsin

        • mabusby

          October 22, 2018 at 3:53 am

          she was born in wisconsin, but family did not stay there for her to be raised, she was raised in mississippi

      • Tara Tinsley

        November 4, 2018 at 10:17 pm

        By “northern transplant” do you mean “Mississippi?”

    • Judy

      October 18, 2018 at 10:19 pm

      She is not a GA native, grew up in MS. Yes, she is reportedly backed by H. Clinton and N. Pelosi. Maxine Waters came to Atlanta and campaigned for her. Get the pic?

  8. Faith

    October 17, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    I’m disappointed she was speaking at my Alma mater. She does realize gsu isn’t an AG specific school, right? Georgians already know they don’t HAVE to work in agriculture. But the ones that do are proud of it and love the land. There’s nothing wrong with that.

    • Roro

      October 25, 2018 at 5:55 pm

      And still owes for her education that did not take! Reject!!!!

  9. Brian Adamson

    October 17, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Does she even realize she is in Georgia? I am amazed at her stupidity daily. No one is made to be a farmer – they choose to be. I am almost ashamed I went into technology while the rest of my ancestors and now a son are in agriculture. This idiot really offends me. May she just go away……and go hungry.

    • Molly

      October 18, 2018 at 10:03 am

      Amen! SHE NEEDS TO GO BACK WHERE SJE CAME FROM! DEF NOT GOOD FOR GA

      LET HER GO SPEAL THAT SPEECH AT UGA! THEY LL LAUGH HER BUTT RIGHT OUTTA LEGISLATION

    • Colette Jenkins

      November 4, 2018 at 6:53 pm

      Brian Adamson, it sounded like Stacey was speaking up for you! Choosing not to follow your ancestors was an honored option for you. Going into technology was the option you chose and if you feel ashamed now, that is yours too. But, to Stacey’s point, Georgians NEED MORE OPTIONS TO CHOSE FROM!! No disrespect to agriculture. GA is agriculture! Just give other students and career seeker CHOICES!

  10. jack

    October 17, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    I think she needs to keep her mouth closed and let people THONK she is stupid,than opening it and removing all doubt…where do you think the food you eat comes from???kroger???where do you think THEY get it????you are a disgrace to the people of the state of georgia…move to California with your liberal friends…and forget you ever saw this state…thats a flat out SLAP IN THE FACE TO EVERY PERSON SOUTH OF MACON GEORGIA…..

    • Angi

      October 18, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      Do you think
      everything in Kroger comes from Georgia?

  11. Margie

    October 17, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    We folks in Georgia have farms for the fun of it. We know that all we have to do is go to the grocery store and buy food….. But farmers like to ride in tractors and have other big, fun, farm machinery to play on out in the fields. Their wives go to the grocery store where the real food comes from. We folks in Georgia and illiterate and dumb….. DUH!!!! Oh, and cotton is grown so folks can have cotton balls. And people say it is for clothing…. little to they know it is all about cotton balls in Walmart and CVS.

    • Sandy Ethier

      October 25, 2018 at 9:02 pm

      Great comment. I think she thinks cotton is picked by people forced into labor, and not by the big machines that farmers invest thrir hard earned money in because they have farming in their blood. I come from a long line of farmers and am proud ofmy Georgia roots.

  12. dale foskey

    October 17, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    That woman… (And I use that term loosely), is in the wrong state to be thinking that!!! What does she think we should do? Survive on Govt payouts?

  13. Brenda Lehrman

    October 17, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Abrams will not get my vote!
    Or my families votes! If you are not a farmer I bet someone in your family is or was at one time! She’s totally out of touch!!

  14. David Lord

    October 17, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Every time she makes a speech, she practically endorses Kemp for governor, by making such ridiculous and uninformed statements. Her record is comparable to many felons.

  15. Renee

    October 17, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    NEXT SHE WILL BE SAYING YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE TO SETTLE FOR BEING JUST A TEACHER.

  16. Steven Mark Yancey

    October 17, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    “Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful and most noble employment of man. ” – George Washington

  17. Scott Elmondres

    October 17, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    It’s scary the number of people who claim to be conservative yet don’t espouse the conservative values of being slow to speak and quick to listen. If you listen for ten seconds before and ten seconds after the comment that is blowing everyone up, you’ll find that she’s NOT talking down farming and hospitality, she’s saying that right now they’re the primary industries that people end up “falling back” on.

    I come from a farming family. I know what it’s like to shuck corn and pick okra and break beans and work out in the heat of the sun. It’s good, hard, honest work, and I would NOT want someone in the field with me who sees it as anything other than a good way of life they chose for themselves. Same with the hospitality industry. Do you really want someone who isn’t hospitable working in the hospitality industry because it’s all they find to do? Oh heck no.

    Now, I may disagree with Stacey on most things but I’m not going to let people’s words be twisted out from under them. That’s not Christian, and that’s sure as heck not conservative. Some of y’all trigger as fast – if not faster – than the liberals you like to mock. Kemp’s not a conservative if he plays off of a sound clip taken out of context; he’s just another politician.

    Stop making conservatives look like trigger-happy crazies. The rest of us fought too hard for our ideals to be made look a fool by people who don’t take time to think things through.

    • Lamarjorie

      October 17, 2018 at 11:12 pm

      Honestly the best comment I’ve read recently.

    • Joel

      October 18, 2018 at 12:31 am

      Finally someone with some sense. People are too trigger happy.

    • msprather

      October 18, 2018 at 4:23 am

      Thank you!

    • Scott

      October 18, 2018 at 6:07 am

      Abrams Staffer?

      • Scott Elmondres

        October 18, 2018 at 9:30 pm

        No, not at all. Just raised with sense enough to spot mind games a mile away.

        • Common Sense

          October 23, 2018 at 3:01 am

          Unfortunately, anyone with a sensible head about political ideals gets labeled a staffer. You have, by far, one of the most intelligent and well thought out comments here.

    • Tony Armstrong

      October 18, 2018 at 8:42 am

      People twist words all the time. But i can not and will not vote for anyone who thinks non citizens of the great state of Georgia should be able to receive the hope scholarship. That is just plan wrong. That is for Georgia residents only. Not Tennessee not Florida not Mississippi and certainly not anyone in this country illegally

    • Kathy Lucas

      October 18, 2018 at 11:11 am

      Exactly. This is nothing more than a cheap smear tactic that will not work for the smart Georgia Voters and these yappers who are attacking her NEVER intended to vote for Stacey Abrams.

      But she will WIN!

      • Fallon Rae

        October 22, 2018 at 10:37 am

        So she can make enough money off the public trough to pay her debts? The hundreds of thousands we all pay but she felt she didn’t have to? It is not right to not pay your student debts and your taxes on your business. Those are generational contracts to future citizens. And no sob stories- we paid every penny putting my husband through undergrad and law school, did not get a job paying almost $100K a year, and have paid every penny of taxes we ever owed, including benefits for employees and ourselves. We cut back on things such as technology, clothing, cars, groceries. She clearly has zero personal control. She is a crook, nothing more and nothing less. Now she wants to steal MORE. Good grief.

    • Lisa

      October 18, 2018 at 10:51 pm

      Most sensible comment I’ve seen today!

    • Susan Wooten

      October 21, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      Can I share your respond?

    • Joy Hopkins

      November 5, 2018 at 7:14 pm

      I don’t believe she was putting down agriculture at all. People are so quick to take things people say out of context. Of course agriculture and hospitality is important, but we should grow our economy in ways that not only creates jobs in new industries but creates a better future for our children.

  18. Mellisa

    October 17, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Since most of her contributions come from California why doesn’t she go there? Where they have no idea the work that goes into the food on their table or clothes on their back. Farmers choose to farm.

    • Scott Elmondres

      October 17, 2018 at 10:55 pm

      Mellisa, you should check out Kemp’s contributions. He is being fed by the donors as much as she is.

      • Sandra s

        October 17, 2018 at 11:28 pm

        Scott his contributors are all from Geargia. Hers are from the Socialist who are funding all the mob attacks.

      • Melanie Roberts McBride

        October 20, 2018 at 3:36 pm

        The numbers I’ve seen show that the majority of his donors are living in Georgia, whereas the majority of her donors are from outside the state of Georgia. Of course they are both relying on donors. My concern is why those outside our state think they need to influence our governor’s race (or any others, for that matter).

      • Fallon Rae

        October 22, 2018 at 10:41 am

        I am picking on Scott again, because he is just not telling us the whole truth. On any post. Why not?

        Compare their campaign contribution numbers and sources, Scott and anyone interested.

        Very telling.

        https://votesmart.org/candidate/campaign-finance/31876/brian-kemp#.W83g8GhKjIU
        https://votesmart.org/candidate/campaign-finance/67385/stacey-abrams#.W83Yt2hKjIU

        A thing can be true but not be the truth.

        • Shannon

          October 22, 2018 at 6:43 pm

          It is interesting how the entire Soros family has each donated nearly the maximum amount possible to Abrams’ campaign.

    • Angi

      October 18, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      Seriously? You don’t know much about California Agriculture, do you? California produces and exports more food than any other state…MORE THAN GEORGIA.

      • Irishvanguard

        October 18, 2018 at 10:21 pm

        They are referring to the low percentage of people in California who have a clue about the necessity of agriculture, not about the amount of agriculture or products. You may have to admit ignorance about the ratio of fruit loops to fruit out on the West Coast.

  19. Diana Botnaru

    October 17, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Everybody is getting really upset about what Abrams’ said but nobody on this board is getting upset about Kemp purging voters. That should tell you that the only thing he cares about is winning, even at the cost of stealing voting rights from Americans. Stacey has my vote!

    • Sandra s

      October 17, 2018 at 11:33 pm

      You need to get your factsstraight. He purged no voters. Stacy said 53,000 registered voters were not being able to vote because they were in restriction. Not so, they can all vote as long asthey can show proper ID. I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO SHOW ID NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE.

      • Stephen dunkel

        October 31, 2018 at 12:27 pm

        Sandra…..sorry but you are not very bright. Its what you proved and I believe you. Lmao

    • Sharon

      October 18, 2018 at 5:45 am

      Please know and understand facts before you get all bent and twisted.
      https://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/53000-pending-voters-georgia-still-vote-what-to-know/

    • Kathy

      October 18, 2018 at 11:14 am

      She has my vote

      • Linda

        October 22, 2018 at 8:23 pm

        Why is it wrong to enforce the law regarding voter registration? That is what the Secretary of State is elected to do. The can vote if the go to the poll and show proper ID. Simple as that. Then they can cast their vote for whomever they choose to vote for. It’s the American way…follow the law, and the rules like everyone else!

    • Linda

      October 18, 2018 at 6:48 pm

      The law requires that the voters list match. They can still cast a ballot, but must show proof of residence. Several states have the same requirement.

  20. Zandra

    October 17, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Agriculture is the number 1 business in Ga. People around the world will feel the devastation from the hurricane that hit Florida and South Georgia. I hope you all are prepared

  21. Joy

    October 17, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    She will not get my vote she is full of bull crap amd needs to leave she lies lies we dont need her as governor my uncle is a farmer and i have friends in agricultural sje is just crap

  22. Clint Henderson

    October 17, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    This whole state is not Atlanta omg she is not in touch with the real people of Georgia no wonder she did no tours through small towns. I guess she also wants all to get killed by deer’s hunters keep them down has she not ever seen a deer go through a windshield before? Let’s put her on these paved back roads when it gets dark!!,she is looney tunes

    • Colette Jenkins

      November 4, 2018 at 7:08 pm

      Clint,…. have you followed Abrams your bus? I’d like to inform you. Candidate Stacey Abrams has visited every county of our state. All 159 of them, yes including the ones were the deer have state posted signs to legally walk, jump and run freely and we all must pardon them. Yes, even Stacey Abrams.

  23. Cr

    October 17, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    When MA Abrams was on Meet the Nation with Chuck Todd this past Sunday she listed a county in Georgia that was devastated by hurricane Michael that doesn’t even exist. Seems she has very little knowledge of our great State!

  24. Robin

    October 17, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    I just shake my head when candidates say they are gonna push for FREE education or free anything. Nothing is free. Do the young people at this school not realize who actually pays for the so called FREE education she is gonna push for.

  25. Nancy Blackmon

    October 17, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Scott she is being bankrolled by soros. he said he hates the usa and everyone in it and he has made it his lifes ambition to destroy it/ that tells me she is not good for us.we have avoter id law and the mail in ballots should be checked out and thats why they are being purged

    • Scott Elmondres

      October 17, 2018 at 11:44 pm

      Hello, Nancy. For the sake of credibility, I’d like you to share with me a primary source that shows Soros, in his own words (preferably video) saying he hates the United States. I’ve searched using Yahoo, Bing, and DuckDuckGo and can’t find one anywhere from any credible, reputable source.

      Second, there’s significant proof that the vilification of Soros is part of a Russian anti-American operation to destabilize the U.S.A. using misinformation. this quote is from Forbes, a right-leaning pro-capitalist financial news outfit:

      “It was in Russia that the orchestrated anti-Soros campaign first surfaced, where his foundations first suffered expulsion. Soros used his fortune to save pro-Western anti-Kremlin civil society across the Eastern Bloc from Tbilisi to the Baltic. For which, naturally, the Kremlin owed him massive payback. But here’s the rub: Soros’s mission never aimed at weakening national identities, rather the reverse. His foundations encouraged national figures to reconsolidate cultural memory before and after Russian domination. Remember that Sovietism was the first globalist, ‘internationalist’, movement. Soros opposed its lingering epiphenomena. What he does support is a strong Europe, the penetration of European values into the former Iron Curtain countries – which also incites the Kremlin’s hostility.”

      If you’re going to call yourself conservative, be educated. Parroting the Soros false narrative makes the rest of us look loony.

      • Fallon Rae

        October 22, 2018 at 10:06 am

        Another equivocating post from “Scott”? Forbes has not been “right-leaning” for a long time, and is a case study on how conservatives have lost institutions. That comment was made by a contributor, no more or less credible than you or I. And it has little to do with the fact that Soros bankrolls leftist causes with impunity. Some on the record, much not. So it was “the Russians”? Please.

        Here is the most recent profile of Ms. Adams’ campaign donations. Read the right-hand column. I would prefer that the Soros’ and their corporations and unions paid her debts, amirite? But there it is, like it or not.

        https://votesmart.org/candidate/campaign-finance/67385/stacey-abrams#.W83Yt2hKjIU

        • Fallon Rae

          October 22, 2018 at 10:26 am

          A quick addendum- Soros has always used his money to create policy. I think it was best put by hungary’s PM Orbin- who has been compared to Putin by the modern left, but who has the interests of his country as his foremost concern, whereas Soros has no such loyalties.

          “Uncle George (referring to Soros and his machinations for mass immigration of asylum seekers)- we are fighting an enemy that is different from us. Not open but hiding; not straightforward but crafty; not honest but base; not national but international; does not believe in working but speculates with money; does not have its own homeland but feels it owns the world.”

          His “liberal world Democracy” has destablized and manipulated. Just ask the Bank of England. It is what he does. If not Soros, where is the money coming from that is being handed out in videos to Hondurans to overrun OUR country? Just food for thought.

  26. Stephen in Atlanta

    October 18, 2018 at 1:32 am

    “People shouldn’t have to go into agriculture” to make a living!? —Like there is something shameful about being a farmer!? Who is going to feed her fat a## if Georgians don’t become farmers?? Agriculture is our largest industry! This woman is a bat-crazy communist! She’s way worse than Obama! She makes him look like a diehard capitalist!

  27. Pam

    October 18, 2018 at 6:31 am

    I don’t think kemp is the perfect candidate but he is the lesser of the two evils .you know sometimes you can look at a person n tell what they are thinking and I can tell by listening to her that I definitely do not want her in our governors seat

  28. hank moore

    October 18, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Exactly what policies will Abrams enact that will hurt Ga? What policies will Kemp enact that will hurt Ga? What policies by Kemp will help Ga? What policies by Abrams will help Ga? Too many people can be so single minded, to have a perceived bias of a candidate. What issues really affect your day to day lives. Her speech was not one of putting down agriculture or hospitality. It was to let people know that there is more opportunity. That she is willing to invest in bringing more types of jobs to rural areas. Have you seen any present members of the majority actually pushing new industries in rural areas. My hometown hospital is constantly on the brink of closing. I would ad that conservatives or republicans are quick to say that agriculture is the back bone of Ga. I agree it is part of it. They also tell you that immigration is a problem. Yet when Ga big farms need to bring in their crops its on the back of those same immigrants. They tell you something but they wont pass laws to prove it. There comes a time when you should not be voting against your better interest. Progress is good if led properly.

  29. Lisa Loveless

    October 18, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Scott the one man Abrams cheering squad!

  30. Ann Henderson

    October 18, 2018 at 8:23 am

    I attended this rally at Georgia Southern and heard every word of Stacey Abram’s speech. She is a positive force and clearly articulated her desire to expand the type of jobs we have in So. GA. Employees in hospitality and agriculture are vastly underpaid and under served, many work without receiving benifits at all. Stacey Abrams will work to get benefits for these people as well as work to bring more opportunities for employment to rural communities Giving people an opportunity to make a sustainable, higher than a minimum wage, living. Republicans have had control of this state, completely, held every state wide elected position for the last 16 years. It is time for some balance. Vote for Stacey Abrams.

  31. Kathy

    October 18, 2018 at 11:18 am

    This smear tactic is dead on a arrival with me and many other Georgians.

    Those who use this false accusations against her never intended to vote for her anyway.

    Stacey Abrams will win without them

  32. Eric

    October 18, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    All the Abrams haters on here are quick to be offended.`She wasn’t denigrating farmers. I think the larger point that all the Atlanta haters in South Georgia would appreciate is that you shouldn’t have to move to Atlanta to work in other industries other than agriculture. This state is too lopsided when it comes to opportunities. If you can make a six-figure salary in a tech job without having to live in the rat race of Atlanta, then wouldn’t that be preferable?

    • Michael B.

      October 18, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      You can actually make a six-figure income in agriculture or forestry. In 2015 the timber industry alone brought in $35 billion and that’s just a small portion of our agriculture as a whole. That’s essentially where she’s out of touch. Precision agriculture and precision forestry are tech jobs. We rely on drones, spatial analysis, remote sensing, environmental data analysis, soil analysis, farming implement advancement, etc… Center pivot agriculture is actually amazing technology and it’s a foundation of modern agriculture today.

      I’m a forestry graduate student at UGA and a majority of what I do is statistical coding in R or Python and remote sensing in the field and that’s a massive part of what modern agriculture is. The city mindset is that of us being out of touch poor bumpkins who just don’t know any better and are stuck in agriculture, but we keep up just fine. Oh, and we also provide food and timber products for homes and businesses. It’s honestly a great time to be in agriculture and it’s only getting better.

      That said, some people have ignorant comments on here (go figure, it’s a comment section) but you can’t win people over this way. There are plenty of people I know in my field or similar who are on the fence with Kemp, but he understands the role agriculture plays in our state.

  33. Valorie Matthews

    October 18, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    What???? Is she that stupid? Agriculture alone contributes $73.3 billion annually to Georgia’s economy! We depend on our farmers! Where does she think her food comes from??

    • Angi

      October 18, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      Wouldn’t it be more beneficial if you had other industries to depend on? Not have all your eggs in one basket?

  34. Debbie J Kitchens

    October 18, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    She is a raciest! She said she wants to be Gov because she would be the first woman Gov of Ga and first ever Black Woman Gov. So this tells me why she is running. It’s about her not the State. Listen to the interview on YouTube! J
    Judge for yourself.

  35. Dan

    October 18, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    thus spoke Hillary Clinton, May 2, 2008 in a W. Virginia rally:

    “I’m the only candidate which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity using clean renewable energy as the key into coal country. Because we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business, right?”

    Insult the blue collars of the world and this nation…you suffer their indignation of belittling generational work and work ethic.

    People fail to realize in this day…blue collar laborers in construction make between $18 and $35 an hour based on the type of work. For those laborers that toughed it out and became tradesmen and craftsmen…I know lead carpenters that make $200,000 a year as employees to large premium window manufacturers.

    If you’re not afraid to work through the process of learning what you can do with you hands plus your brain…whether agricultural or construction…with enough experience, you will make more money than most lawyers and IT types and a lot more work given the huge number of lawyers and IT types that come out of the lawyer and IT mills. There’s no competition in the trades vs. the number of lawyers and IT types that get churned out each day.

    She’s appealing to a socialistic class of people that don’t want to work by denigrating a large portion of the State.

    I am a homebuilder…since 1972. Please don’t tell me about paying people minimum wage. Construction types start off at day labor rates and work up to trade and craftsman rates…but even the day labor rates are considerably better than what gets paid to that moron in Starbucks selling you a $5.00 cup of coffee. Anyone that goes into construction or agriculture labor at the low end and stays there…it’s their choice. If you come to me willing to tote lumber on your shoulders and then move on to nailing lumber or marking, cutting or reading a framing square to roof pitch and heel height….damn straight I’m paying to hang on to you.

    Obama did one thing for construction. Not a damn thing….he and Hillary both tried to kill the blue collar forces as if the good working folks were untouchables.

    I really don’t want a Socialist anywhere in the room with me. It never worked in any country and in the 3rd world countries the downbeat population finally fell to being part of a communist governing body. Stacy Abrams is a twit of the mid-range denominator without any ideas except trying to get elected to let others push her buttons.

    • Common Sense

      October 23, 2018 at 3:05 am

      Coal is dying. It’s unsustainable and the people who are unwilling to go through retraining for renewable energy have dug their own grave. Many major coal facilities have shut down costing thousands of people their jobs, now whose fault is that?

  36. Lea

    October 18, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Did I miss something… her campaign folks didn’t even speak to what she said about farming but bashed Kemp. Kemp has my vote!!

  37. Dumbo the Elephant

    October 18, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Porky is done. What a dope. What is about liberals that they hate successful businesses and one where our food comes from. She needs to back away from the buffet table a few hours a day.

  38. rob

    October 18, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    John ossoff received tons of money from California, he lost and we haven’t seen or hear from him yet, wonder why?

  39. Shelby Howell

    October 18, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    That’s just what Obama said too. Boy he really raked in the new promising jobs. Sounds like Canada prime minister. “We don’t need farmers we have grocery stores” lol.

  40. @cdbatty

    October 18, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Rule No. 1. Know your audience.

  41. Judy

    October 18, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Why not vote for the candidate who is from Georgia, understands Georgia and loves Georgia? You know who I mean. Vote Kemp.
    Why not vote for the candidate that loves God, loves babies and loves his neighbor? You know I am talking about Kemp.
    Why vote for the candidate who voted against abortion on demand after 20 weeks? That’s murder and you know I am talking about Abrams. The candidate who voted against higher property taxes and lower income taxes. Check her voting record. The one who wants to make Georgia a sanctuary state. Surely she knows that with all the good illegals also comes international criminals when there are no restrictions. Why not invite the gangs to your children’s prom? You know I don’t recall Dr. King saying we should sandblast the faces off stone mountain. That is the difference between a good man who wants to bridge and build good relations amongst neighbors and someone who wants to keep everyone fighting in a tit for tat gang style feud. Love God, Love your Neighbor and take care of the people of Georgia. That is what I am looking for in a Governor. That is why I am voting for Kemp. Good luck and God bless.

    • Common Sense

      October 23, 2018 at 3:06 am

      Kemp is not a Christian. Read the bible, then look at him.

  42. Judy

    October 18, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    I meant she voted against restricting abortions after 20 weeks and voted against a cap on property taxes and voted against lowering income taxes. My point is check her voting record. It is public and available on the internet. Sorry for the mistake. My husband is rushing me. 😊

  43. Buster

    October 19, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Statesboro is 19 miles from Claxton home of the world famous fruit cakes. Maybe she should have moved her speech to Claxton.

  44. Tim

    October 19, 2018 at 2:15 am

    MOST OF THESE COMMENTS ARE FAKE

  45. Dale Carney

    October 20, 2018 at 7:52 am

    What can you say as stupid as she is.. The voters of GA will be even mosre stupid if they elected her.

  46. Les Cook

    October 20, 2018 at 11:35 am

    She’s absolutely correct, people shouldn’t *have to* go into agriculture.
    But what people should have to do is, pay their taxes.

  47. Cynthia

    October 20, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Ms Abrams merely stated that agriculture should not be the only occupatiinal option available to Georgians or those seeking to reside here. She never said anything about not valuing the farmers for what they bring to Georgia. Why make it about something that it is not.

  48. Kathey Knott

    October 21, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Let’s NOT forget — UNDER TRUMP — FARMERS are having a hard time moving produce overseas, because of the tariffs. They are now receiving WELFARE BENEFITS.

    Who is Willing to work the Farming FIELDS from Sun up ~~ SUN DOWN. for LESS than Minimum Wages ??
    Mexican – Majority — manually WORK THE FARMING FIELDS Even in the High HEAT. Have you visited a FARM?? The FARMERS RELY ON the IMMIGRANT workers, in which, they are forced into deportation. TRUMP has kept HIS IMMIGRANT WORKERS.

    Farming is not a Bad JOB. Farmers have came a LONG WAY with today’s technology. “Technology” that has helped to down size the WORK NEED for “FIELD LABORERS”.
    A LOT OF the FARM OWNERS — DO NOT MANUALLY WORK the fields — they hire others — MAJORITY MEXICANS.
    Are you WILLING TO SEND YOUR CHILDREN to work the fields??? Give up the luxurious life coming home from SCHOOL…..
    Are you WILLING TO “give up” YOUR INDOOR Job for the. Outdoor JOB To working the FIELDS picking various products “MANUALLY”??
    The pay maybe BELOW MINIMUM WAGE.

    IF so then — go ahead and QUIT YOUR JOB– and follow YOUR DREAM — of working ROW by ROW in ACRES of LAND. THE BENDING ALL DAY — IS REQUIRED. YOU are not to fear SNAKES, and whatsoever.

    The Black Race during Slavery time — DID NOT HAVE A CHOICE of the wages they wanted to earn. It was either get out THERE, or get WHIPPED.

    MY dad, and mother use to work the COTTON FIELDS. MY dad moved to Florida — then he worked the ORANGE GROVES. He left the FIELD WORK, and landed a JOB making good money, and brougt a HOME.

    WHEN we were children — i remember going with the Bryant family to go pick oranges, but it was to get our own money ( Not much). We got paid by the bucket, and we were ALLOWED to go on the weekends. My parents believed in OUR EDUCATION — for a BETTER LIFE, and JOB.

  49. Sara

    October 22, 2018 at 10:02 am

    This democrat is voting republican

  50. Jlanham

    October 23, 2018 at 7:30 am

    She burnt our Georgia flag!

  51. Martha

    October 23, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Fact Check: Did Stacey Abrams Suggest Agriculture Is Unnecessary Due to …
    The Weekly Standard › fact-che…
    Claim: Did Stacey Abrams Suggest Agriculture Is Unnecessary Due to Grocery Stores?
    Claimed by: Internet
    Fact check by The Weekly Standard: FALSE

    Come on people. Seek the truth.
    Republicans lie.

  52. Martha

    October 23, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    This woman is educated and brilliant.
    You fear her.
    You fear her ability to help the poor in Georgia.

    Not one word disparaged agriculture.

    What she said was that Georgia needs a variety of vocations. Georgia needs jobs.

    You fear losing your “SLAVES” in the fields.

    You governor is dirty and corrupt.
    He is tampering with the vote because he is greedy, weak and fearful.

    YOU PEOPLE NEED SOME SERIOUS SOUL SEARCHING.

    And for the propagandist who wrote the BULLSPLAT, I will be shocked to see my comments posted here.

  53. David

    October 24, 2018 at 5:19 am

    Well, did Trump pay His taxes? His amount he should have paid is “yuggge” compared to Abrams. Both should pay. Let’s keep things real.

  54. Ash Spurlock

    November 1, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Have fun eating cardboard you dumb ass.
    From a farmer🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕

  55. Colette Jenkins

    November 4, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Clint,…. have you followed Abrams your bus? I’d like to inform you. Candidate Stacey Abrams has visited every county of our state. All 159 of them, yes including the ones were the deer have state posted signs to legally walk, jump and run freely and we all must pardon them. Yes, even Stacey Abrams. Please know the facts before you post.

  56. Agave

    November 6, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Time for some education! Newsflash: There’s no marshmallows without agriculture. Something you obviously can’t live without!

  57. TC

    November 12, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Can only make ASSumptions on what crap comes from her mouth. It’s on video. you can call it poor choice of words. But that’s supported by a Stupid brain with a poor education. Who cares where a person goes to school. Stupid people come from great schools, but so do intelligent people. She’s garbage, racist, ignorant, stupid and I could go on here with what comes from those loose lips. Loose lips sink ship… She can’t manage her money( Fact) and she wants to manage Georgia.. Really? lol. Wants illegals to vote, That’s illegal as far as our constitution allows. We know her choice of words about farmers and hospitality industry. Bad choice of words or stupidity from the heart… Opps, did I just say that? Trying to scrape up black votes ( that’s racist ) . Because a good percentage of them are racist.. I’m not wrong here… Negative campaign towards Kemp because she doesn’t have anything positive to offer. Another stupid strategy. Please help from Hollywood liberals to help me cause I don’t have a snowballs chance in hell to win here… It’s over and she can’t even concede. Yea that’s going to do your career good… Run with it. Go pay the IRS the 50K you owe them and the 170K in credit card debt. Get the hell out of Georgia and take the attitude with you. We don’t want you!

  58. Al

    January 13, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Thank God she is not in Alabama. Send her and her stupid ideas to Mexico. Maybe the FBI needs to investigate her connection with the Mexican drug cartel

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