On Wednesday, union leaders returned the favor. Charlie Flemming, head of the Georgia chapter of the AFL-CIO, praised Abrams as a candidate who “understands firsthand how the union difference can transform lives and drive progress for generations to come.”
“There is no better champion for Georgia’s working families than Stacey Abrams,” he said, “which is why we are extraordinarily proud to endorse her run for governor.”
Aside from Flemming’s union, other organized labor backers included Savannah Regional Central Labor Council, OPEIU, CWA Local 3204, AFSCME, UFCW 1996, IBEW 1579, IUPAT, State Building Trades, SEIU-Workers United and IBEW Local 613.
Georgia Republicans have long assailed organized labor, which has faced declining membership and diminished clout under GOP rule. Still, unions remain central to Democratic politics, offering a trove of members and retirees to captain get-out-the-vote efforts and a steady source of financing for campaigns.
Kemp’s campaign ridiculed Abrams’ alliance with labor, saying in a statement that it’s a sign she backs “higher taxes, more government red tape, and cradle-to-grave government control of Georgians’ lives.”
Abrams, meanwhile, said Kemp was a governor “who likes to take credit but no responsibility.”
“I don’t want to live in a state of inaction,” she said. “I want to live in a state of opportunity.”