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EMILYs List Statement on Georgia Republican Gubernatorial Nominee Brian Kemp

July 25, 2018

For Immediate Release
July 24, 2018

EMILYs List Statement on Georgia Republican Gubernatorial Nominee Brian Kemp

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, Georgia Republicans selected Brian Kemp as their nominee for governor. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:

“Thanks to the race to the bottom that the GOP primary and runoff became, Georgia voters have already seen Brian Kemp’s true colors. As secretary of state, Kemp has continuously failed to protect the voices of Georgia voters, compromised voter information, and failed to act on sexual assault complaints against a company owned by one of his major campaign donors.

“Georgia voters have a clear choice this November between Kemp, an extreme, irresponsible, far-right ideologue whose incompetence has risked Georgians' personal information, and Stacey Abrams, a strong leader whose consensus-building and commitment to doing what is best for Georgia has resulted in real results for women and families. EMILY's List is proud to be standing alongside Stacey in this fight.”

 Brian Kemp has been the secretary of state of Georgia since 2010 and has waged an assault on Georgians’ voting rights since taking office. Kemp was sued for blocking registration applications for thousands of minority voters after his office failed to process 40,000 applications, including for many voters of color. In 2014, his election director resigned after it was discovered that Kemp’s office improperly purged voters. Under Kemp, the personal information of 6 million Georgia voters, including social security numbers, was negligently exposed. His vocal support of Donald Trump, including the president's heinous call for poll watchers, earned him Trump's endorsement in the days leading up to the runoff. Recently, Brian Kemp, who as secretary of state has purview over the Board of Massage Therapy, came under fire for failing to take action after two massage clinics faced sexual misconduct allegations. Unsurprisingly, the owner of the clinics in question also happens to be a Kemp donor.
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