Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp wasn’t ready to forgive and forget on Saturday night after the Atlanta Braves knocked out the Los Angeles Dodgers and won the National League pennant.
In a tweet posted shortly before midnight, as much of the Atlanta area still celebrated the Braves’ 4-2 victory in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series – winning the team’s first league title since 1999 – Kemp remembered the events of the past. summer, when Major League Baseball pulled its All-Star Game from Atlanta and moved it to Denver amid a dispute over Georgia’s new election law.
Kemp’s tweet targeted both MLB and Stacey Abrams, the Democrat Republican Kemp defeated in the last Georgia gubernatorial election in 2018, who has since made election and voting matters the center of his continued political activism.
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“While Stacey Abrams and the MLB stole the All-Star Game from hard-working Georgians, the Braves have earned their trip to the World Series this season and are bringing it home to Georgia,” Kemp wrote.
“Chop On, and Go @Braves!”
In April, the MLB decided to move the All-Star Game scheduled for July 13 after critics complained that Georgia’s election law would negatively affect minority and low-income voters.
Others, who viewed the MLB as bowing to the “awakened” political pressure – and blamed Abrams for much of it – argued that the league’s move would ironically hurt minorities – by removing the League. economic activity of 51% black in Atlanta and transferring it to 76% white. Denver.
Atlanta also had 30% of black-owned businesses, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted at the time.
Abrams continued to be blamed for the All-Star change, despite his arguments against economic boycotts in an essay for USA Today. But his seemingly contradictory positions prompted Kemp to call it “the biggest rocker since John Kerry”.
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Georgia’s electoral law sets an identification requirement for postal votes, limits the use of ballot boxes and gives the state legislature more control over elections at the local level, the Journal-Constitution reported. It is also expanding voting in some rural areas of the state.
Unlike Kemp, at least one other Georgia Republican seemed ready to put the All-Star Game conflict behind her.
“Congratulations @Braves,” Marci McCarthy, GOP chair in DeKalb County, wrote on Twitter. “Who needs the @MLB All-Star Game when playing the World Series!” #GoBraves »
The Braves face the Houston Astros of the American League, who eliminated the Boston Red Sox on Friday night in the AL Championship Series.
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