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A Joe Biden visit to Georgia was cause for giddy celebration among state Democrats during the 2020 campaign season.

But news that Biden will return to deliver a speech in Atlanta next week to push federal voting rights legislation isn’t being welcomed by all Democrats in the state this time around.

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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(Excerpt from The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Article written by Patrica Murphy, Greg Bluestein, and Tia Mitchell. Photo Credit : Getty Images)

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George Sanders
April 12, 2022

One of the most significant goals, according to Joe Bidens campaign promises was to bring our country together. Not only has this not happened, but America is now facing collectively many and more insidious problems than before his election. Economy, Crime, Education, Border crises, these are all problems that have increasingly gotten worse in fourteen months of his administration. I am an independent voter; it has become painfully obvious Joe Biden is not fit for the job I hope for Americas sake we can collectively vote for someone that is fit for the challenge.

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