“That doesn’t surprise me. I thought she was going to be in San Francisco for a fundraiser today. But I’m worried about what we’re doing in Georgia and on our Georgia bus tour,” said Kemp, after a stop in Cartersville. “And that’s what we’re going to keep doing: putting Georgians first.”
Legend’s Georgia Tech stop was the first of four that also included visits to Emory University, Georgia State University and the Atlanta University Center.
He recently became the first African-American man to snag an EGOT, which stands for the big four awards in the entertainment industry: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. And he was welcomed at Tech like a conquering hero, taking a selfie with adoring fans.
Although Abrams didn't accompany him to the campus stops, Legend drew loud cheers when he mentioned her support for expanding Medicaid and her criminal justice initiatives.
In an interview, he said he met Abrams during her trips to New York and California and they became fast friends. He said he hoped his celebrity status helps “attract more people to the message” she’s trumpeted across the state.
“I really believe she’s an awesome woman, an awesome leader, and an awesome politician who can do great things for Georgia,” he said. “So I wanted to take a day to motivate young people to vote and get involved and learn more about the importance of who she is.”
He didn’t have any trouble drawing a crowd. Dozens of students crammed into the student center at Tech, and members of the Abrams campaign, the Democratic Party of Georgia and the campus chapter of the Young Democratic Socialists peppered the crowd with volunteer sign-ups.
Legend ended his eight-minute speech with one more plea: “Who here is excited to vote Stacey Abrams the governor of Georgia?”
The room answered with an eruption of cheers and applause.