ATLANTA, GA – According to a report from The Washington Free Beacon, Georgia Democrat gubernational candidate Stacey Abrams cannot find a single Georgia police officer that supports her and her campaign.
These ads with Stacey Abrams talking about her support for law enforcement are fake. We know she wants to defund the police. We know her organization intends to defund the police. We also know what they think of the brave men and women who put on that uniform… #gapol #kemp22 pic.twitter.com/iUOjXBQYBB
— Chatham County Republican Party (@ChathamGaGOP) July 28, 2022
In her new ad, she uses a “former deputy sheriff” to argue that her opponent is making the state “less safe.” The only issue is that the sheriff used in the ad never served a single day in Georgia.
The ad, which aired on July 12th and was titled “Dangerous,” Abrams’ leadership PAC, One Georgia, employed a “former deputy sheriff,” who was identified only as “Dennis,” to claim that Republican Governor Brian Kemp may “talk tough,” but he “makes us less safe.”
Watch the ad below:
According to the Free Beacon, “Dennis” never patrolled the streets of Atlanta or any other Georgia street. “Dennis” is an LGBT attorney and Democratic activist; he is a Florida native who worked as a police officer in the Sunshine State from 1994-1999.
“Dennis,” whose full name is Dennis Collard, went on to join an Atlanta-based law firm in 2003, roughly 13 years before he founded his own divorce firm in Atlanta, according to his LinkedIn.
This is not the first time Abrams had to go out of state in search of political support. Only 14 percent of the $50 million she has raised for her campaign against Kemp came from actual Georgia residents.
Nearly half of the money came from Washington, D.C., California, New York, and Delaware. And in May, Abrams allegedly called Georgia “the worst state in the country to live.”
“According to US Bureau of Justice Statistics, Georgia has at least 26,500 sworn police officers spread across 628 law enforcement agencies. And Stacey Abrams couldn’t find a single one of them willing to endorse her and appear in her campaign ad?” https://t.co/01fGY0loPk
— Dumpster Denizen (@Flow30041) July 28, 2022
Jackson County sheriff Janis Mangum, who is one of the more than 100 Georgia sheriffs to endorse Kemp, said that she was “not surprised at all” to hear that Abrams struggled to recruit an officer who served in the state. Mangum told the Free Beacon:
“I’m not surprised by that at all when you’ve got someone who talks about defunding the police. Defunding the police would be the worst thing for anybody to do in our state – it’s just absolutely ridiculous. And for somebody to think like that, I don’t know that you’re going to have any law enforcement officers behind you.”
Abrams has faced criticism over her role as a board member of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, which supports defunding the police.
Shortly after joining that board in May 2021, the foundation launched its “Answer the Uprising” initiative, which funds groups working to “transform, defund, [and] abolish police.”
Abrams has since attempted to distance herself from the foundation by claiming she does not agree with its position on defunding the police.
Then, in a recent exclusive statement to Fox New Digital, Abrams claimed that she “never” supported efforts to defund the police. She said, I do not and never have supported efforts to defund the police.” She added:
“But unlike my opponent, who has called base pay for law enforcement officers ‘bad policy,’ I firmly believe that we must invest in law enforcement to ensure that no one is working in public safety without just compensation – while also working to improve accountability and build trust within our communities.”
Her defense of her position on policing was accompanied by a new 30-second ad her campaign released earlier in the day title, “Truth.”
Stacey Abrams fights back against allegations that she’s anti-police by pointing to her public safety plan, which involves raising base salaries for some law enforcement officers. https://t.co/HS9GttWWNx
— NBC 15 News (@mynbc15) July 22, 2022
In the ad, Abrams accuses Kemp of trying to distract Georgians from her record that, she says, shows she’s actually supported law enforcement throughout her political career. Abrams says in the ad:
“Brian Kemp wants you to be afraid of me. Why? Because he thinks it will distract Georgians from the truth.
As a legislator, I worked with the [Georgia Bureau of Investigations], with the Sheriff’s Association, and with our police departments to ensure that they had the resources, the training, and the support they needed.”
“I will support law enforcement and law enforcement agrees. Brian Kemp wants to bash me for my honesty and lie about my record, but my parents taught me to tell the whole story, and that’s the truth.”
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