In response to a false and misleading attack ad launched by the Brian Kemp campaign today, Abrams for Governor Director of Strategic Communications Abigail Collazo released the following statement:
“Instead of explaining to Georgians why Brian Kemp renewed the license of a Massage Envy therapist who plead guilty to assaulting a woman, the Brian Kemp campaign is doubling-down on their ugly and false ads attacking Stacey Abrams. Leader Abrams’ record is clear: she has always worked to protect Georgia’s women and children, and she supported numerous pieces of legislation to crack down on human trafficking and support survivors of violence. This false and misleading ad is just another sign of the Kemp campaign’s growing desperation to distract from their lack of concrete plans to improve the lives of Georgia families. Georgians deserve better.”
Stephanie Davis, former Executive Director of Georgia Women for a Change said:
“I worked closely with Stacey Abrams for over a decade in the legislature. Under the Gold Dome, she was without a doubt the strongest advocate for survivors of violence we had, and the only candidate for governor with a clear vision for how Georgia can foster thoughtful policies that will make our families safer.”
Former police officer Dennis Collard said:
“Stacey Abrams is the common sense public safety candidate in the race for governor. Her opponent’s plan amounts to nothing more than stoking fear with ineffective, harmful lock-em-up policies. By way of contrast, Abrams has a proven track record of supporting smart, comprehensive measures that protect victims of crime and bring perpetrators to justice, and offer pathways back for those who have served their time. She is the only candidate for governor Georgians can trust to ensure the safety and well-being of our families.”
Abrams has a strong record of working to protect Georgia’s children, and she has always been a strong supporter of survivors of sexual assault and abuse. As a state legislator, Abrams voted for SR 445 in 2008 which set up a study committee on sex trafficking, HB 200 in 2011 to comprehensively strengthen laws and increase penalties against human trafficking, and SB 8 in 2015 to set up the Safe Harbor Fund.
Abrams opposed specific pieces of bad legislation like HB 908 and SB 1 in 2008, because these were quick-fix, band-aid bills that did nothing to improve the safety of Georgia communities. As the Minority Leader of the Georgia House, Stacey Abrams knew that in order to keep our communities safe, we need smart, comprehensive legislation, like the criminal justice reform bill she worked with Governor Nathan Deal to pass – important reforms that Brian Kemp would oppose.
Leader Abrams was recently honored with the “Public Service Award” from Tabitha’s House for her proven track record of working to protect victims of human and sex trafficking. Tabitha’s House is a 501(c)(3) organization founded to protect, support, and empower young boys and girls who have been victimized through sex trafficking.
Stacey Abrams has a proven track record of bipartisan efforts to foster public safety and criminal justice reform. She co-sponsored the legislation to create the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform in 2011, was appointed by Governor Deal to serve on the Council, and served on the Parole and Probations Committee and the Juvenile Justice Committee.
As governor, Abrams will move forward with the Safe Harbor Commission and Fund that voters approved in 2016 and ensure that Human Trafficking Notices are posted, training opportunities exist throughout our state, and child sex trafficking victims are not treated as criminals.
Read more about Stacey’s comprehensive Community Safety plan here.