Some people can’t seem to take a hint. In 2018, despite believing that she had been elected as the next governor of Georgia, Stacey Abrams failed to take up residence in the Governor’s mansion. Last year she lost to Brian Kemp by eight points, something of a “blowout” in a state so closely divided that other races took days to count. One might imagine that the voters were trying to tell her something. But the message clearly hasn’t sunk in yet. Yesterday, she showed up on Drew Barrymore’s television show and declared that she would “likely” run for office again. Which office? We don’t know because she didn’t say. But you can bet that the perpetual candidate will find something to keep her face on television. (The Hill)
Democrat Stacey Abrams, the two-time failed candidate for governor in Georgia and a renowned voting rights activist, says she will “likely” run for office again but did not specify for which position.
Abrams, who lost her second bid for Georgia governor in November to incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp (R), made the comment in an interview with actress Drew Barrymore on her daytime television show broadcast Monday.
“I will likely run again,” Abrams said. “If at first you don’t succeed, try try again. If it doesn’t work, you try again.”
Notice the fawning coverage that Abrams receives from The Hill. They refer to her as a “renowned voting rights activist.” They then go on to describe her as “influential” and a “fundraising giant.”
The last part is certainly true. She clearly does bring in a lot of money. But all of the money always manages to disappear somehow. She finished the most recent campaign more than one million dollars in debt and we don’t have the campaign’s final financial disclosure forms to help figure out where all of that cash went. We know that a bunch of it was used to purchase a “swag truck” and to rent a house for TikTok creators. We also know that her team’s activities attracted the attention of the Georgia Ethics Commission and two charges of fundraising irregularities were brought against her, though they were later dropped.
We might be tempted to wonder how exactly Abrams manages to support herself after spending at least the last eight years doing pretty much nothing but campaigning for offices she’s failed to win. We know she graduated from law school in 1998 and worked for a time as a tax attorney. But that only lasted about seven years before she decided to live off of the taxpayers by taking a seat in the state legislature. She stayed there until resigning in 2017 and immediately began her first campaign for governor.
She’s listed as the CEO of “Sage Works,” a legal consulting firm, but how much spare time for consulting work does she have amidst all of this campaigning? She’s also written quite a few books, including a couple of romance novels, so perhaps she draws some royalty from those. But in 2018 she admitted she was $200,000 in debt and owed $54,000 in federal back taxes. Where is all of her non-campaign money coming from? Much like the situation with George Soros, perhaps someone should be looking into this. You know… just to be on the safe side.
In the meantime, we’re left to speculate about what Abrams’ next campaign will involve. Might she shop around for a Senate seat? It’s been suggested that she might be looking at a 2024 presidential bid if Joe Biden didn’t run again. Of course, her campaign manager ruled out a POTUS bid last winter, but he said that in the context of insisting that she would serve a full term as governor if she won. (Which she obviously didn’t.) Judging by her $110 million gubernatorial run, just imagine how much cash she could saw through in a presidential race. The mind boggles.