On Thursday, a coalition of voting rights groups released an unusually strong statement calling a trip by Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris “insufficient and unwelcome” if the two don’t already have a veto-proof majority to pass the legislation, which is not yet in hand.
Behind the scenes, we spoke with other senior Democrats whose complaints go even further.
“Georgians know the importance of voting rights and so do the senators we elected,” said one prominent state Democrat. “Why the heck are they leaving Washington – where people need convincing to pass legislation – to come to Georgia where no one needs convincing?”
Several said they weren’t involved in the planning stages of the event, and two officials expressed privately the same frustration outlined by the coalition of activists.
“We could have told them how Georgians would feel, if only they had asked,” said one.
Others questioned why there’s no fundraising event for Georgia candidates tied to the visit. Biden raised more than $500,000 for then-Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms last year, though the donors were refunded after she decided against a run for a second term.
Biden has reason to use Georgia as a venue to make a national case for voting rights. The state was at the center of the struggle for voting rights during the civil rights movement – and is at the heart of the current fight against election fraud lies. And without the votes to move the legislation forward, he needs to be speaking out to make the case for its passage.
A spokesman for Stacey Abrams campaign declined to say whether the White House involved Abrams or her campaign in the planning of the event. But he referred to Abrams’ earlier comments to the AJC welcoming a Biden visit. . . .
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Congressional voting bills usurp state authority and are about victory, not democracy. Reverse this big step toward tyranny, O Lord God. We have departed from You and tyranny, disunion and disaster are the results. May the remnant keep interceding so that America shall be saved.