Giuliani backs Republican challenger to Georgia governor
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is endorsing a Democrat-turned-Republican who's challenging Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in the state's 2022 Republican primary. Giuliani spoke to reporters Wednesday before headlining a fundraising dinner for former state Rep. Vernon Jones in Atlanta. Jones was on the outs with his party when he shot to prominence in Republican circles as an African American Democrat who endorsed Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.news.yahoo.com
Vernon Jones: ‘Wish people recognized death of Jesus as much as George Floyd’
Former Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones, a Black Republican candidate in the GOP primary for Georgia’s 2022 gubernatorial election, posted an assertion to his verified Twitter account yesterday that is still boggling minds. “I wish people recognized the death of Jesus Christ as much as they do George Floyd,” he tweeted. Jones compared a Black man murdered by a police officer to the crucifixion of the Christian savior of the world.news.yahoo.com
Vernon Jones on why he is leaving the Democratic Party
Vernon Jones on why he is leaving the Democratic Party Former Georgia state Representative Vernon Jones is becoming a Republican. A longtime conservative Democrat, he endorsed President Trump in the 2020 campaign and spoke at the Republican National Convention. Jones joins CBSN to discuss why he is making the change now.cbsnews.com
Stacey Abrams credited for boosting Democrats in Georgia
Abrams, the onetime candidate for Georgia governor who has become perhaps the nation's leading voice on voting rights, is being credited for paving those inroads. “There’s a lot of work that’s gone into this, but Stacey really is the architect of what’s been built in Georgia,” said Dubose Porter, the former Georgia Democratic Party chairman and an Abrams mentor. The 2018 campaign marked a notable shift in Georgia Democrats’ overall approach. They’d do it by reshaping the electorate, by exciting the expanding universe of potentially Democratic voters: the youngest native white Georgians; whites from beyond Georgia; Black voters who cast ballots sporadically; Black voters moving to Georgia from other regions; and a growing Latino and Asian-American population. “We’ll take on Antifa, Black Lives Matter, Fair Fight, Stacey Abrams and all of them.”Trump himself was an accelerating variable in Georgia’s shift, pushing some white suburbanites toward Democrats.
WATCH: Trump campaign to hold news conference in Atlanta at 5 p.m.
ATLANTA – President Donald Trump’s campaign team is slated to speak in Atlanta at 5 p.m. Thursday central time. Donald J. Trump Jr., Rep. Doug Collins, Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones, and Georgia Republican National Committeewoman Ginger Howard will be in attendance, according to CNN. Democrat Joe Biden is urging patience, while President Trump is pursuing legal options, insisting the processing of ballots should be stopped. Biden appears to be pushing closer to winning the presidency, while Trump’s path to reelection has become very narrow though still possible. Trump needs victories in all four of the remaining battlegrounds: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Nevada.
Black Georgia Democrat makes pitch for Trump at RNC
In this image from video, Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones speaks from Washington, during the first night of the Republican National Convention Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. Why is a lifelong Democrat speaking at the Republican National Convention? Polls show a close race in Georgia, where Democrats lean heavily on support from Black voters, adding to the pressure on Trump to peel voters away. Jones first announced his support for Trump this spring and all hell broke loose, he said Monday. Other Georgia Democrats quickly blasted Jones endorsement of Trump.
WHAT TO WATCH: After Biden's moment, it's Trump's prime time
The convention runs through Thursday and includes a presidential speech from the White House South Lawn and a vice presidential address from Fort McHenry in Baltimore. Theyll hold a roll-call vote to renominate the president, but unlike the Democrats, it wont be a prime-time affair. While Democrats repeatedly mentioned the impact of the virus and hammered Trumps response to it, expect Republicans to defend the president on the issue but feature it less prominently. WHO WONT BE THEREThe Democratic convention featured every living Democratic president and the partys 2004 presidential nominee, John Kerry. ET on the GOP conventions social media channels and AT&T U-VERSE, Direct TV, Twitch, Youtube and Amazon Prime TV.