Chamber officials emphasized the state’s low unemployment rates and Kemp’s aggressive approach to reopening the economy during the pandemic with the decision to endorse.
“His positive working relationships with the business community and with organizations like the Georgia Chamber have paved the way for tremendous growth in our state over the last three years, making Georgia the envy of the nation,” said Chamber chief executive Chris Clark.
It was a contrast from 2018, when the organization pointedly stayed on the sidelines even after making endorsements in a range of down-ticket races.
Back then, Chamber officials showcased both Kemp and Abrams at a well-attended luncheon that took place as business executives recalibrated their decisions after many had picked then-Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle to win the GOP nomination instead of Kemp.
Abrams drew applause at that event for calling to expand Medicaid and opposing “religious liberty” measures, while Kemp focused on his plan to cut taxes and limit state spending.
Kemp’s statement on Monday focused on his handling of the economic turmoil spawned by the pandemic, a strategy he credited with generating “record low unemployment and unprecedented jobs and investment” in Georgia.