If Democrats have a motto it will probably end with “…for you but not for me.” Democrats’ behavior in Georgia is a good example of why this phrase should be hanging around their necks like an albatross.
It all begins with Stacey Abrams, like so many other thorns on Georgia’s side. You’ve probably heard about the Fair Fight Action PAC taking in $1.34million and using it to pay the medical debts of 68,000 Georgians and 40,000 others in Arizona and Louisiana.
Fair Fight Action continues to gloat about it — we have highlighted the fact that Stacey Abrams is concerned about Georgians. She took contributions money and gave it out like candy while calling for increased government healthcare in the state she hates but wants to destroy. It’s certain that we won’t hear the end of her five-state care.
Although it was a very sloppy political move, it was still totally cool to the left. Let a Republican do the same thing, and the Democrats will go all “Katy,” bar the door.
Georgia Democrats are turning red after a PAC supporting Georgia Bulldogs football star, and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Wade in his Senate campaign gave $25 gas vouchers out to South Atlanta residents last weekend. The vouchers were not tied to any campaign or push to endorse Walker. Instead, the $25 was meant to help working Georgians get their gas money further.
Big day in Atlanta giving out over $4,000 in free gas!
Raphael Warnock and Joe Biden have caused gas prices and inflation to skyrocket. It’s time for a change in the U.S. Senate to help lower costs for every Georgia family—and it’s why we need to elect @HerschelWalker! pic.twitter.com/Yp1Y87wbL8
— 34N22 (@34N22PAC) June 4, 2022
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Motorists living in heavily Democratic areas were given vouchers for $4,000 and flyers advertising Walker, who was a former footballer and is now the Republican nominee.” Outside, volunteers held signs declaring ‘Warnock isn’t working.'”
The Democrats are angry that Sen. Raphael Warnock, the incumbent senator from Georgia, is fighting a losing battle against Walker. Walker’s supporters want to take every advantage possible. It’s kind of like the advantage that you might get with a potential voter if you pay off their medical bills.
Black Voters Matter’s founder stated to the AJC that the giveaway was illegal, although one would think that they would be delighted that black supporters were out campaigning. Herschel Walker, however, is not from the right party.
Others criticized Walker’s 34N22PAC for giving out vouchers. However, Georgia’s 2021 election law prohibits candidates and PACs from handing out water and snacks at the polls. This is an apples-to-oranges comparison. However, what the PAC did Saturday was in compliance with the law.
Greg Bluestein reports that the AJC has “several legal professionals told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the program is permissible as long as the voucher was not given to any voter, regardless of their voter registration status, or to encourage them to vote.”
Bluestein said that one attorney stated it was the same as a campaign to distribute merchandise. “Another suggested that the bigger problem was whether it crosses ethical boundaries.”
Anthony Kreis, a Georgia State University law professor, said that although it may not technically constitute vote-buying, “Winks or nudges with cash on hand may be a sign of an unhealthy democracy that’s better suited for the early nineteenth centuries than 2022.”
However, paying off medical debts and shouting about them in campaign ads is not ethical.
Stephen Lawson, 34N22’s spokesperson, suggested that they “should focus on decreasing gas prices rather than chasing conspiracy theories.”
Walker would be a much easier opponent if the Democrats had a candidate who cared more about Georgians than he does about killing children (despite being a pastor). The policies of Joe Biden, Raphael Warnock, and the rest of the Democrats are responsible for voters’ discomfort at the pump.
Democrats are realizing that they cannot beat the GOP on policy at this time, and they are mad because Republican PACs have been beating them at their own games.