In an uncommon transfer and a nod to the altering face of the Democratic social gathering, former Georgia state Rep. Stacey Abrams will ship the social gathering’s response to the State of the Union handle, Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) instructed reporters Tuesday.
“Three weeks in the past I known as Stacey Abrams and requested her to ship a response to the state of the union,” he stated.
Abrams confirmed the information on Tuesday afternoon.
“At a second when our nation wants to listen to from leaders who can unite for a standard objective, I’m honored to be delivering the Democratic State of the Union response,” she tweeted.
The choice to ask Abrams, who doesn’t at the moment maintain workplace however made historical past as the primary black lady to be a significant social gathering nominee for a gubernatorial race final yr, is a break from the usual apply of asking a longstanding member of U.S. Congress to ship the social gathering’s response.
“She is only a nice spokesperson,” Schumer stated Tuesday. “She’s an unbelievable chief. She has led the cost for voting rights, which is on the root of nearly every little thing else.”
The information was first reported earlier within the day by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.
In an election stricken by reviews of voter suppression in November, Abrams narrowly misplaced the Georgia gubernatorial race to Republican opponent Brian Kemp. She stated final month that she plans to run for political workplace once more. Regardless of her loss, she emerged as one of many many feminine minority trailblazers shaking up the social gathering.
Honest Battle Georgia, a voting rights group Abrams based after the election, has filed a federal lawsuit in opposition to Georgia election officers, alleging that they mismanaged the 2018 election. She is awaiting a response from them due by the top of this month.