Fourteen current, former lawmakers step out for Stacey Evans

State Rep. Stacey Evans, D – Smyrna, in a 2017 file photo. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

Days after being shouted down by liberal protestors shouting “support black women,” state Rep. Stacey Evans, a Democratic candidate for governor, released an endorsement list of 14 current and former state lawmakers.

Many are members of the Legislative Black Caucus, and/or members of the House Democratic Caucus that was once led by state Rep. Stacey Abrams, also a candidate for governor.

Here’s the list:

— Former state Rep. Virgil Fludd of Tyrone, who served as the House Democratic Caucus chairman. He is now a senior advisor at Dentons;

— State Rep. Erica Thomas of Austell, who is vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus;

— State Rep. Roger Bruce of Atlanta;

— State Rep. “Coach” Williams of Avondale Estates;

— State Rep. Keisha Waites of Atlanta;

— Former state Rep. LaDawn Blackett Jones of Atlanta;

— Former state Rep. Ronnie Mabra of Fayetteville;

— State Rep. Shelia Jones of Atlanta;

— State Rep. Michael Smith of Marietta;

— State Rep. David Dreyer of Atlanta;

— State Rep. Dar’Shun Kendrick of Lithonia;

— State Rep. Spencer Frye of Athens;

— State Sen. Michael Rhett of Marietta;

— State Sen. Elena Parent of Atlanta.

Though still in its early stages, the Democratic contest has quickly underlined tensions within the biracial coalition. Abrams, who is African-American, has shunned traditional Democratic strategy, and is attempting to win the nomination with an alliance of more liberal Democrats and black voters – black women, in particular. The strategy flared at the NetRoots Network conference in downtown Atlanta, where both Abrams and Evans spoke. Evans speech was drowned out by protestors.

But Abrams has also had her setbacks. Late last month, she saw the House Democratic Caucus reject state Rep. Carolyn Hugley of Columbus, an Abrams ally, as her successor.

This morning, Abrams called for the removal of the carving of Confederate leaders from the face of Stone Mountain, a move likely to draw the ire of African-American leaders in the state Capitol who are working with Gov. Nathan Deal to erect a statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the grounds. A dedication is scheduled for Aug. 28.

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nanorrock
nanorrock

I strongly disagree with the statement that "Abrams has shunned the traditional Democratic strategy."  In fact, she is embracing the strategy that put President Barack Obama in the White House - an alliance of "more liberal Democrats and Black voters - Black women in particular."   And her alliance includes millennials, women, and other people of color across Georgia.  This is the road to Democratic victory in 2018 and beyond!

Rod Miller
Rod Miller

Abrams torpedoed any slim chance she had of winning a statewide race with her Stone Mountain jihad idea.

Missy Madison
Missy Madison

\U0001f62e\U0001f602loving what you did there at the end. \U0001f44d

Mary Anne Carpenter
Mary Anne Carpenter

Georgia Politics Now IS A LEFTIST HACK in conjunction with the AJC NEWSPAPER RAG. ALL DEMOCRATS ! #FAKENEWS #FRAUDNEWS STORIES EVERY SINGLE DAY #SHAMEONYOU #FAKEPOLLS DISGUSTING NEWS AND BIAS OPINIONS

Thomas Adams
Thomas Adams

If it weren't for racist setups, the AJC would have no job at all!

Steve Morris
Steve Morris

Bood by black people all Democrats because she is white

Les Gazinski
Les Gazinski

Wow the AJC is getting moist in its depends.....

Paul Spencer
Paul Spencer

Abrams isn't a serious candidate. All she wants is national recognition for a cabinet post in the next Democratic POTUS administration

Melissa Page
Melissa Page

Is that supposed to be a profound indictment of a candidate, that they want to advance in their careers? Like Sonny Perdue and Tom Price just did? Lol I'm not a fan of Abrams but if you're going to criticize any of them you ought to try a little harder. This is lame.

Martha Heath Johnson
Martha Heath Johnson

How do you know? She was FIRST to step out! Now, what's the REAL reason you doubt her sincerity?

Mary Anne Carpenter
Mary Anne Carpenter

Or another Republican. It's just to early to know. Geoegia will remain RED NO DOUBT