Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York has tapped Stacey Abrams, who recently narrowly lost a bid to be governor of Georgia, to present the official Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union address on February 5.
“Stacey Abrams offers a welcome, stark contrast to President Trump’s politics of division and lack of leadership as American families are still feeling the impacts of his self-imposed shutdown,” Schumer said in a statement. “Stacey Abrams is a present and future leader in this country. She is a dynamic, moral leader; she delivered results on the issues that matter most to Americans; and she tirelessly pursues fairness and justice for everyone in her state.”
“At a moment when our nation needs to hear from leaders who can unite for a common purpose, I am honored to be delivering the Democratic State of the Union response,” Abrams said in a tweet.
Abrams narrowly lost her bid for governor to Georgia’s then-secretary of state Brian Kemp. She has accused Kemp of purging voters from rolls and closing down polling places in districts likely to support her in order to further his own bid for the governor’s mansion.