Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams responded on Monday to accusations levied against Georgia Democrats — without evidence — by Secretary of State and Republican nominee Brian Kemp.
“First of all, I think it’s wrong to call it an investigation,” Abrams said. “It’s a witch hunt that was created by someone who is abusing his power.”
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Stacey Abrams says her Republican opponent Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is "abusing his power" by launching a probe of the state’s Democratic Party https://t.co/HSqLIaNtB8 pic.twitter.com/U28pDzZAzK
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) November 5, 2018
Abrams claimed Kemp was simply blaming Democrats for flaws in the state’s system that he should be held responsible for in his role as secretary of state.
“He doesn’t take accountability, he doesn’t take responsibility — what he does instead is find someone else to blame,” she added. “He has consistently taken this action, and unfortunately this time he did it on national television through a statement that lies.”
“It’s a complete and utter fabrication,” she said.
Abrams also accused Kemp of sitting on an email informing him of a flaw in the system for two days before accusing Democrats of attempting to hack it.
Kemp’s decision to remain in his role as Georgia secretary of state while pursuing higher office has raised allegations of impropriety and conflict of interest. Because he is still tasked with administering an election in which he is a candidate, critics have been able to accuse him of bias in his decision making.
As Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo noted on Twitter, a statement from Kemp’s gubernatorial campaign bizarrely references an announcement from Kemp’s office — and even seems to congratulate Kemp for his own work.
2/ as you can see Brian Kemp makes multiple appearance in his press release. First as an office, then as a campaign, then as himself with a kind of workaround appreciate the congrats. pic.twitter.com/VHyUz9Rm86
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 4, 2018
“Thanks to the systems and protocols established by Secretary of State Brian Kemp, no personal information was breached,” reads the statement from Brian Kemp’s gubernatorial campaign.
Kemp has also been accused of voter suppression through strict enforcement of the state’s exact match law. Kemp’s enforcement of that law has disproportionately impacted African-American voters in the state.
In a letter, Georgia native and former President Jimmy Carter urged him, Kemp, to resign his office to ensure trust in the fairness of the election.
“In Georgia’s upcoming gubernatorial election, popular confidence is threatened not only by the undeniable racial discrimination of the past and the serious questions that the federal courts have raised about the security of Georgia’s voting machines,” Carter wrote, “but also because you are now overseeing the election in which you are a candidate.”