Stacey Abrams nominated for Nobel Peace Prize even as Republicans launch “Stop Stacey” group
Stacy Abrams was nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize on Monday, the first day of Black History Month – and the same day that a group of Republicans launched an opposition group dedicated to the prevent running for governor of Georgia.
Abrams, the voting rights activist who helped Joe Biden win the presidency, and Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock win seats in the U.S. Senate, through her work to increase voter turnout, has been named thanks to its work promoting nonviolent change ballot box, according to a Norwegian lawmaker.
“Abrams’ work follows in the footsteps of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in the fight for equality before the law and for civil rights,” said Lars Haltbrekken, Member of the Norwegian Parliament, reported by Reuters. “Abrams’ efforts to complete King’s work are crucial if the United States of America is successful in its efforts to create brotherhood among all of its peoples and a peaceful and just society.”
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Abrams joins a long list of nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize this year, including the American Black Lives Matter movement, the World Health Organization and environmental activist Greta Thunberg, as well as former President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner. It should be noted that thousands of people who sit in parliaments around the world, as well as former Nobel laureates, are allowed to nominate candidates, as are academics. An appointment is therefore not an approval of the Nobel Committee in Oslo.
Many politicians and celebrities congratulated Abrams on his appointment on Twitter on Monday, making his name trending on the social media platform.
And some have started asking him to run for governor of Georgia in 2022. The former Democratic leader in the state legislature ran for the 2018 gubernatorial race, bowing to current Republican Governor Brian Kemp. Allies and the candidate herself claimed the voter suppression gave Kemp his narrow victory, with Kemp serving as secretary of state and thus overseeing electoral processes, even as he contested for head of state . And since then, Abrams’ national voting rights organization Fair Fight has registered tens of thousands of Georgian voters and raised $ 100 million, Reuters noted. Additionally, Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate in 28 years to win Georgia, while Warnock and Ossoff toppled Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in their second round of the Senate last month.
But a group of Republican strategists calling themselves “Stop Stacey” also appeared on Monday, determined to torpedo an unannounced candidacy for governor of Abrams. Independent group senior strategist Jeremy Brand released a statement saying: “We will do whatever it takes to expose Stacey Abrams’ radical network, highlight her dangerous agenda and ultimately defeat her – and her leftist candidates. – at the polls. . “
In response, the CEO of Fair Fight advised Republicans to “start serving Georgians”.
“Leader Abrams hasn’t made any decisions about her political future, but here’s what I know: GA Republican failed 3/11 and 1/5, with weak leadership, disastrous COVID response, and families suffering . ” tweeted Lauren Groh Wargo.