Morning Digest: Turncoat Democrat Pays Primary GOP Provide In opposition to Georgia Governor Despised by Trump
That hasn't changed in the last month, although Kemp has drawn a lot of appreciation from conservative circles for signing the new law to suppress voters. This development prompted Major League Baseball to relocate the All Star Game from the suburbs of Atlanta to Colorado. Trump instead responded earlier this month by calling the new law "far too weak and soft", claiming, "Kemp also gave in to the radical left guard mob who threatened to label him racist if he got rid of the weekend vote."
As we will discuss, Jones was a passionate Trumpist last year, but Kemp is already trying to hold his democratic past accountable. The incumbent's team hailed Jones' arrival in the race by stating that the then Democrat opposed a 2019 bill that effectively banned abortion just six weeks after pregnancy. This legislation has since been crushed by a federal court. Jones, who agreed that abortion should be legal during his campaign in the US Senate in 2008, tried to stay one step ahead of Kemp's attacks by tweeting on Monday, "Life begins at conception – period."
The governor may also have a lot of other material to work with from Jones' long time in democratic politics, a career defined by several failed attempts to gain office. After a stint at the State House in the 1990s, Jones became the first African American to head DeKalb County after winning the CEO of that large community in the Atlanta area in 2000. The Atlanta Journal Constitution writes that during his tenure, he "conducted an intensive review of angry outbursts and rape allegations, which he described as a consensual act between three partners." However, Jones was never charged.
Jones, who voted twice for George W. Bush, sought to use his high profile post as a stepping stone to nationwide office by seeking Team Blue's 2008 nomination for Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss. However, the CEO earned a lot of negative attention during the nomination contest after Barack Obama commissioned him to create a mailer that made it appear that the two were campaigning together. Jones lost the primary runoff 60-40 to Jim Martin, who later lost to Chambliss.
Jones then challenged Rep. Hank Johnson in the 2010 Fourth Congressional District primary, losing 55-26. In 2013, a grand jury investigating his time as DeKalb County head recommended that he should be investigated AJC cites allegations of "bid rigging and theft". The following year, his campaign for the county sheriff ended in a 76:24 landslide.
Jones, however, revived his political career when he won the 2016 primary to return to the State House in a sure-blue seat. Months later, DeKalb District Attorney Robert James announced that he would not bill a number of numbers, including Jones, for lack of evidence.
Jones spent the next few years voting often with Republicans and tweeting Trump positive, but he didn't burn his last bridges with his party until 2020 when he endorsed Trump's re-election campaign. The state official, who was already standing in front of a competitive elementary school, eventually withdrew from lawmakers (despite originally saying he would be step back), and he spent the remainder of the campaign as a prominent Trump replacement. Jones spent his post-election day headlining Trump rallies over non-existent election fraud and eventually switched parties in January.
● NC Sen: Lt. Governor Mark Robinson posted a Facebook video Thursday confirming that he is "seriously considering" going for the Republican nomination. That development came days after a spokesman curiously asking not to be identified told WRAL the same thing. Oddly enough, Robinson soon ripped the news off his Facebook page with no explanation.
● FL-Gov: Joe Biden nominated former MP Gwen Graham for a position in the Department of Education on Friday. This development, should it be confirmed by the US Senate, will probably get them out of the competition for the governor's race next year. Graham narrowly lost Democratic Elementary School in 2018, and she had only expressed interest in trying again last November.
● VA Gov: Campaign financial reports cover the first three months of 2021, and the Richmond Times mail order and Virginia Scope each collected them. Note that state law prohibits politicians holding office at the state level from raising funds during the legislative term, which ran from mid-January to early March. However, this ban did not apply to the other candidates.
We'll start with the Democrats, who will choose their candidate in a traditional June 8th party-led primary:
Former governor Terry McAuliffe: $ 4.2 million collected, $ 8.5 million cash on hand
Former Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy: $ 1.8 million raised, $ 2.3 million cash on hand
State Senator Jennifer McClellan: $ 635,000 raised, $ 442,000 cash on hand
Del. Lee Carter: $ 139,000 raised, $ 89,000 cash on hand
Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax: $ 100,000 raised, $ 21,000 in cash
Next are the Republicans, who will choose their candidate at a May 8 session:
Financial executor Glenn Youngkin: US $ 2.2 million raised, additional US $ 5.5 million self-financed, US $ 3.3 million cash on hand
Venture capitalist Pete Snyder: US $ 1.6 million raised, additional US $ 5.2 million self-financed, US $ 2.6 million cash on hand
Del. Kirk Cox: $ 694,000 raised, $ 310,000 cash on hand
Former Defense Department official Sergio de la Peña: $ 263,000 raised, $ 43,000 cash on hand
State Senator Amanda Chase: $ 114,000 raised, $ 196,000 cash on hand
Businessman Peter Doran: $ 16,000 raised, $ 2,000 in cash
Former Roanoke City Sheriff Octavia Johnson: $ 800 raised
● IA-03: Former MP Mary Ann Hanusa became the first notable Republican to campaign against Democratic MP Cindy Axne on Thursday in this competitive Des Moines seat.
Hanusa, previously named Secretary of State in 2006, was elected to the legislature in 2010 from a seat in Council Bluffs near the Nebraska border. Hanusa had no problem getting her way until 2018, when she won her final term as Republican governor between 50 and 48. Kim Reynolds carried her 16th home district by a similar margin and retired in 2020.
● LA-02: The League of Conservation Voters has announced it will spend $ 400,000 on a television and radio advertising campaign in support of Senator Karen Carter Peterson ahead of the all-democratic runoff on April 24th. The group's TV commercial praises Peterson for "taking over polluters, fighting for clean drinking water in schools, and clean energy in every community." It also reminds the audience that Peterson is backed by Stacey Abrams, Team Blue's nomination for Georgia Governor in 2018.
● NC-11: Army veteran Jay Carey announced Thursday that he would seek the Democratic nomination to face Republican freshman Madison Cawthorn in this conservative seat in western North Carolina.
● New York City, NY Mayor: A trio of Democratic candidates were approved for matching funds on Thursday ahead of the June Instant Drain primary: former City Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, nonprofit executive Dianne Morales and 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Brooklyn District President Eric Adams, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, and former Mayor Maya Wiley had each previously collected enough small donations from city residents to unlock the funds.
Another contender, former White House Administrator and Budget Director Shaun Donovan, had expected to receive public funding as well, but the Campaign Finance Board said it had "postponed its decision" as it had "more information" on a super-PAC seeks that this has received at least $ 2 million from the candidate's father. Politico explains, "It's all perfectly legal, of course, provided the PAC doesn't coordinate with the candidate or their team. In which case, the childlike bond between the two may have raised the collective eyebrows of the city's Campaign Finance Board."
The only other notable Democratic mayoral candidate who has not received public funding is former Citigroup executive Raymond McGuire, who is not participating in the program.
● VA-AG: The reigning Mark Herring retained his financial advantage over Del. Jay Jones joined in the first quarter of 2021, but Jones, who has the backing of Governor Ralph Northam, still has enough cash to get his message across before the June Democratic primary. Herring surpassed Jones for the first three months of the year by $ 646,000 to $ 498,000, and ended March with a cash-on-hand lead of $ 1.39 to $ 1 million.
On the Republican side, Del. Jason Miyares entered the four-person field at a far lower $ 236,000 and $ 341,000. However, it is possible that the future GOP flag bearer will attract more donor attention after the party's nomination convention of May 8th.