Former Columbus Mayor Announces U.S. Senate run after Abrams declines

Yesterday an email went out from former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson re-announcing that Stacey Abrams isn’t running for the U.S. Senate. After a paragraph of praise and gushing over Abrams, Tomlinson went on to say she would have her own announcement today regarding the Senate seat held by David Perdue.

Then, this morning, Tomlinson sent another email and released a video announcing she was, in fact, running for the U.S. Senate. (My favorite part is where she says that D.C. isn’t run well-no argument there- but that it needs leadership from people who understand government and know how to run it. Que literally every political candidate ever who has promised to “fix” whatever branch of government they are running for because they have all the answers and everyone is going to listen to them. Also, I can think of folks here at home who would have a differing opinion of her self-proclaimed skillset.)

Congratulations, Georgia Democrats. After several months of pandering and kowtowing to national leadership, your candidate has been given permission to run and YOU have been given your choice for U.S. Senate.

Wow. Hashtag blessed.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying the Republicans have it all together, but at least we get to choose who from our party will represent us in any given political race.

This is in no way an endorsement of Chuck Schumer’s candidate. But I do have questions. I’m not a Democrat, so I am not real up on my procedure manual when it comes to how this works, but HOW ARE Y’ALL OK WITH THIS??

Stacey Abrams gets this “grace period” from Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to decide what she wants to do (which, according to Tomlinson’s email, is to focus on her voters rights group). Everyone else thinking about running has to sit back and wait. In the meantime, they are fundraising via exploratory committees and Y’ALL ACTUALLY GAVE MONEY, but in the end, Stacey could have decided to run and so sad-too bad for everyone else and for you and your money.

What version of American democracy are y’all operating under?

And how are your candidates ok with this incredibly demeaning process? Y’all may not know Teresa Tomlinson very well, but trust me, my jaw HIT THE FLOOR when I read her statement in a news article where she said,

“I feel comfortable I’ll be their Plan B.”

Tomlinson also stated in another interview that the position was Stacey’s if she wanted it, that Schumer had offered it to her. What political candidate looking to win the hearts and minds of an entire state admits that not only do they realize they are playing second fiddle to the Party favorite, but also publicly states that they are ok with it. There were a lot of ways to handle waiting to announce a decision, forming an exploratory committee, etc. without looking so weak. The horrific mismanagement of this whole ordeal is a PR person’s nightmare. If you have to kiss the ring, do it behind closed doors, not out in the open for all to see.

On April 5, Tomlinson went on Political Rewind and was asked about the major caveat in her press release regarding her potential run where she stated that her decision was based on Abrams decision. She nods enthusiastically that this is correct. Later she talked about how she was “standing down” until Abrams decided what she was going to do. (Scroll to 2:10 in the video to see her initial responses)

Come on, y’all. Elevating one candidate to that extent is a surefire way to have something go wrong and obviously it didn’t work out the way you thought it might. And now, you are left with someone that has been actively campaigning but you have allowed to look like Eddie Haskell.

Again, I am in no way endorsing this candidate, but the Democratic party is actively failing potential candidates and every Democratic voter with this method of “recruitment”, if you can call it that. When you are “offering positions” (otherwise known as primary elections to the rest of the free world) to your favorite, then what you are really saying is you don’t trust the party voters.

So, again I ask you, Georgia Democrat, are you REALLY ok with this?


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