Former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams may have left the political campaign trail after the 2018 election, but she’s still working and advocating for marginalized communities, raising awareness on voting rights and voter suppression through her organization Fair Fight.
However on Wednesday with the announcement that Senator Johnny Isakon (R-GA) would retire from his seat at the end of the year due to health problems, all eyes were on Abrams once again. At a crucial moment in time when Democrats need a candidate to rally around, as well as their constituents, Abrams has been constantly helmed as a go-to.
But she quickly laid all the rumors to rest that she had any intention to lace up her campaign shoes in a statement via Twitter.
“Our thoughts are with Senator Isakson and his family. Leader Abrams’ focus will not change: she will lead voter protection efforts in key states across the country, and make sure Democrats are successful in Georgia in 2020,” the statement reads.
“While she will not be a candidate herself, she is committed to helping Democratic candidates win both Senate races next year.”
With Isakon leaving the Senate, there are now two Georgia seats up for grabs as Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) is up for re-election next year. The state will hold a special election in order to fill Isakon’s seat until the 2020 election.
Two weeks ago Abrams told the New York Times that she had no intention to run for Senate, so her Twitter statement on Wednesday should actually come as no surprise.
But when it came to the prospect of serving in a vice presidential capacity Abrams told the NYT the following, “I would be honored to be considered by any nominee. Earlier this year reports circulated that Abrams had met with former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign to discuss Abrams as a running mate, however neither Abrams’ camp nor Biden’s camp has verified that they discussed anything of the sort.
Abrams clearly sees the value of her platform and influence regarding her on the ground voting rights efforts in Georgia and abroad. Whether or not she will join the campaign of a presidential candidate has yet to be seen, but her commitment to the work remains front and center to her work.