Stacey Abrams of Georgia is now a national powerhouse in Democratic Party politics, but few people know about it.
After narrowly losing the governor’s race in the Peach State in November Abrams has quietly built a “massive political network” that will make her an instant force once she decides what her next move will be. She has told supporters she will announce soon whether she’ll run for president or senator or something else.
Stacey Abrams is set to reveal soon whether she’ll run for president or senator or something else.
But in recent months, the Democrat has mounted an effort to expand her donor and political network that will make her an instant force whatever she decides https://t.co/qA9tWNOw7o
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But no matter what she does next, Stacey Abrams will be a force to reckon with.
Over the past few months she has been traveling the country and holding meetings with top Democrats in many key states. She has also met with all the leading candidates for president.
On top of that, Abrams is building a large amount of political goodwill by appearing on the big-ticket fundraising circuit, where has been successful in raising large amounts of money for other Democratic candidates and office-holders.
Abrams has been the main speaker at major donor events for the Democratic National Committee, the progressive collaborative Way to Win, and others.
She has also been discussing her political future with top Democratic donors, getting their feedback while also getting commitments for their help, if needed.
Abrams has said publicly she’s considering running for a Georgia Senate seat against Republican Sen. David Perdue, but she also has not ruled out running for president.
The great deal of attention she’s received about a potential presidential bid shows how she has moved in the past year from being an unknown to being a rising Democratic star.
Not only has she attended dozens of Democratic events across the country, but she also received a great deal of praise for her performance delivering Democrats’ response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech in February.
She has also “stoked the buzz” about her next political move by holding meetings with national figures like Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer former Vice President Joe Biden.
Abrams is also being discussed as a vice-presidential candidate, and Biden has been floating the idea of naming her as his running mate if and when he makes a formal announcement he’s running for the White House in 2020.
If she decides to run for a Georgia Senate seat she could help Democrats take back control of the upper chamber in 2020.
“I’m trying to encourage her to run for the Senate, and I’m hoping she will,” said Elizabeth Bagley, a major Democratic donor and former ambassador to Portugal who spoke recently to Abrams. “She’s amazing. So bright, very personable, very strategic.”
Whatever she decides to do, one thing is certain: Stacey Abrams is now a major player in Democratic politics and her future is very bright.
I am a lifelong Democrat with a passion for social justice and progressive issues. I have degrees in writing, economics and law from the University of Iowa.