I was wrong about Abrams for SOTU rebuttal

| February 15, 2019

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Stacey Abrams

Poetrooper is back with some more well timed thoughts on Stacey Abrams, and her suitability as a poster child for the Dems. This nicely follows yesterday’s SOTU transcript link. So, without further ado..

I was wrong about Abrams for SOTU rebuttal
Last week I wrote here questioning the Democrat leadership’s political wisdom in picking Tracy Abrams, their recently defeated Georgia gubernatorial candidate, to deliver the party’s rebuttal speech to Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. I pointed out that Abrams is no poster child for responsible behavior, especially when it comes to her finances—she’s a tax attorney turned tax evader who has run up huge balances on her credit cards and may be a deadbeat on her college student loans. Today I discovered, thanks to an article by Jason Hopkins, writing at the Daily Caller, that Ms. Abrams has other financial issues that I failed to discover. He writes:

Third Sector Development, a nonprofit started by Abrams that focuses on registering black voters, was hit with three separate tax liens in the past year for failing to pay state unemployment tax, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday. The three tax liens, filed by Georgia state regulators, total roughly $3,500.

This isn’t the first time state regulators have targeted Abrams’ organization. The Georgia Department of Labor issued four tax liens worth $13,000 against Third Sector Development between 2014 and 2016, also citing unpaid employment contributions.

But what was even more interesting was that Abrams had been generously compensated by Third Sector Development, which she founded and headed, as well as another get-out-the-minority-vote non-profit, also an Abrams creation, the Voter Access Institute, to the tune of almost a half million dollars in a three year period. That hefty salary was funded out of $12.5 million in donations from sources Abrams refuses to reveal, a quite unusual stance for non-profits to take when their operations are aboveboard.

According to a September 2018 Daily Caller report by Hopkins, Abrams’ highly-paid efforts to get out the minority were less than a rousing success:

The non-profits accomplished little in reaching their implicit goals, despite the large amount of money involved. The Georgia Democratic Party only received 3 percent more votes in the 2014 gubernatorial election than in 2010. Black voter turnout actually declined by more than two percentage points.

Apparently Ms. Abrams couldn’t manage her non-profit agencies any more successfully than her personal life. During her 2018 run for governor, the true extent of her debt was revealed, and was again reported on by Hopkins at Daily Caller in this July 2018 piece:

Abrams owes back taxes amounting to $40,201 for 2015 and $13,851 for 2016. She owes $96,512 in student loan debt and another $77,522 in credit card debt spread over nine different accounts. In total, she is about $228,000 in the red. This number is actually higher if you count her $178,500 in real estate debt and her $4,434 car loan.

Abrams, the former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, has blamed a misunderstanding in her younger years of how credit card debt works and a temptation as a business owner to spend revenue instead of withholding it for tax collection. She has also cited family obligations as a major reason for debt, having helped pay for her father’s cancer treatment.

With arrogance that only a liberal Democrat can muster, Abrams actually attempted to squeeze lemonade from this bag of rotting lemons, trying to convince voters that having made such a mess of her own personal finances made her better qualified to manage the fiscal affairs of Georgia because so many voters struggle with debt. But as Hopkins pointed out, assuredly not on the scale of Stacey Abrams, whose student loan debt is three times the national average while her credit card debt is five times that average. He also noted that Abrams has managed to accrue all these negative balances in spite of being well-compensated for many years, having stepped into a $95,000 annually salaried job as soon as she graduated from law school.

What I’d really like to know is precisely how much of Abrams’ debt is attributable to her father’s cancer treatment—if significant, I’d be inclined to be more charitable in my assessment of her. But if she’s cynically using her father’s illness as a dodge—which I’m just cynical enough to strongly suspect—then she’s despicably dishonest as well as fiscally foolish. In other words Stacey Abrams can check all the boxes to qualify for Democrat leadership: she’s a dishonest, black, female graduate of an Ivy League law school, a tax evading advocate of big government taxing and spending, thoroughly grounded in the concept of personal deficit spending. I will probably draw fire for this, but I’m just cynical enough to suspect that the Democrat suits, being even more cynical, also saw Abrams’ plus-size figure as a plus, what with obesity being endemic in many minority communities. Lastly, Abrams is a proven loser in multiple ways who still has the chutzpah to stand before huge audiences and spout silly Democrat talking points with a reasonably straight, if somewhat comical, face—in other words, the perfect Democrat to deliver the SOTU rebuttal.

I was wrong last week—in picking Abrams Democrat leaders knew exactly what they were doing–for once.

Another thought provoking article, follow the money. Thanks, Poe.

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  1. Ex-PH2 says:

    Oh, I see now. I understand. The term “budget” does not mean for her what it means for you and me.

    Got it. I will remember it.

    Yes, they do seem to have a knack for using other people’s money, mostly because theirs has already been blown on manicures and Jimm Choo shoes.

  2. Mason says:

    I really don’t see what the Democrats think they’re doing. They’re torn between picking geriatric people who have a track record of being liars, cheats, and failures (Pelosi, Biden, Clinton, Sanders) and the “new face” which is openly and unashamedly socialist, painfully stupid, naive, and often crooked (AOC, Omar, Abrams, Beto, Gillum).

    It’s like they’re a rudderless ship in a tempest. There’s no message other than “Orange Man Bad”, except this Green New Deal that will have us all living like Amish vegans as we cower in fear of cow farts.

    • Keepin' It Real says:

      We can do the Green New Deal! It just involves rethinking a few things.


    • Alberich says:

      …the “new face” which is openly and unashamedly socialist…

      …and matches up perfectly with what public schools are teaching the new voters. What was unthinkable a couple of generations ago is now taken seriously by one of our major parties, even if it doesn’t win majority support yet. If things don’t change, they may be just a few years premature.

  3. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    I think you were right both times. Dumb ass reply by dumb ass failed candidate, and cynical Democratic ploy to capitalize on market segment.

  4. 5th/77th FA says:

    You are spot on Poe, and a damn good post, particularly the last paragraph. She is using the paying of medical bills as a smoke screen. HIPPA Laws will keep the total truth from becoming known about that. However, we all know that a senior citizen, medicare/medicaid with retirement from a shipyard would be getting very good paid medical care. Especially a minority. I’m not being racciss about that either, it’s just the way it is. I did a lot of business with the bio medical engineering departments in an ass load of Hospitals and extended care home, saw it up close and personal.

    She, as we should all know, is not from GA. IIRC from other articles she came from Miss. by way of Wis(?), a failed vote getter in those areas. Her district in and around Atlanta was hand/cherry picked as one that she could win. She has been the darling poster child of the left wing socialists. They came real close to stealing the Gov race and they will go balls to the wall for the Senate seat. Her replacement in the House was our old friend Hank Johnson. Remember him from his Guam comment?

    She is also the poster child of the entitlement mentality. She is a looter and a pillager. She is the worst enemy that this State has. She will piss down your back and tell youm it’s raining.

    Be Aware….Be Very Aware!

  5. SFC D says:

    “Abrams, the former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, has blamed a misunderstanding in her younger years of how credit card debt works”

    OK. I’ll agree that misunderstanding credit is an easy thing to do when you’re young, and I’m sure that many of us here have learned some painful financial lessons that way. BUT… and there’s always a but… continuously racking up debt after that “misunderstanding” tells me you still don’t get it and shouldn’t be trusted with the public’s money. And “earning” a salary of that magnitude from a shady charity reeks of Clintonesque money laundering. Stacey also seems to be a graduate of the Al Sharpton school of tax accounting as well.

  6. ChipNASA says:


    “She dinnt doo nuffin!!”

  7. Skyjumper says:

    A link to her financial reports……

    Typical of many liberals, spend more than you have and use other peoples money when you need more.


  8. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    Legislation for Thee, but not for Me.

  9. Outcast says:

    AW1ed So now knowing much of financial dabbling of her, a question comes to my mind. What about her credential’s as to Education? Yes she may have degrees that she shows but one wonders how did she gain them, was she, and some of the others, part of a special interest due to race, sex, income level of family, equality and even that of integration that the govt is so gracious to hand out freely to Naturalization citizens. Was she actually a student of the college and attended classes or as a special interest project, a name on the school roster, with others doing work for her so as to get degree. We all know of some that have college degrees that were bought and paid for by daddy or a sugar daddy. We still have one person who made it to the top via Chicago politics and a found birth certificate from Hawaii, that has never been shown as concrete proof positive. Computers, forgers and money can make many things real, heck given the right people I could even achieve a BS (in my case even I know what BS is), a MS (my case would mean More of Same), as well as a PHD (as in Piled Higher and Deeper) behind my name.

    • AW1Ed says:

      A quick Web search finds,

      She attended Avondale High School, was selected for a Telluride Association Summer Program.

      In 1995, Abrams earned her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Political Science, Economics and Sociology) from Spelman College, magna cum laude.

      As a Harry S. Truman Scholar, Abrams studied public policy at the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs and earned a Master of Public Affairs degree in 1998.

      In 1999, she earned a law degree from Yale Law School.

      She’s no dummy, groomed for a life as a lefty politician.
      Ref: Wiki

      • MSG Eric says:

        No, she’s a dumbass who thinks she’s smart because she done some college learning.

      • MCPO USN says:

        Sellman, err Spelman’s motto is “A Choice to Change the World”…..if your student loans or the financial aid shows up!

  10. Sandman says:

    Her sister is a Federally appointed judge here where I live. I’m sure pappy’s cancer treatments were helped out by this high paid judge also.

  11. Perry Gaskill says:

    Dunno, Poe. It might be useful to point out that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was the one to pick Stacey Abrams. There was apparently no committee or whatever that selected her as a SOTU rebuttal choice. Therefore, the “Democrats” in general didn’t have all that much to do with it specifically.

    Call me a cynic, but my own view is that the reason Schumer picked Abrams was both to flip the finger at President Trump, and to show how an old white Jewish guy from Brooklyn could get down with that whole black feminist Progressive from Georgia thing. Anything Abrams actually said in her speech was probably irrelevant to Schumer short of her accusing him of having carnal knowledge of barnyard animals.

    • Poetrooper says:

      Perry, I know that’s what the media reported but color me doubtful that such a plum assignment was left solely to a single member of the Democrat hierarchy.

  12. RC says:

    How do you get a Law degree in 1 year?
    I thought Law was a 3 year commitment.

    • Poetrooper says:

      Yeah, RC, I caught that as well. You’re right that it’s three years for law school, so something is off in that CV. I suspect there may be plenty of things in her history that don’t add up, just as in Barry’s, and the media gives her the same hands-off, nothing-to-see-here treatment.

  13. Jeffery Monroe says:

    Hey She Has a local commercial still bitching about voter suppression!!

  14. Hack Stone says:

    Did anyone ever figure out what the hell was with the people “behind” her when she gave her huge rebuttal? Were they cardboard cutouts or a green screen? Inquiring minds want to know.

  15. OldManchu says:

    Lars will be here soon to straighten this all out.

  16. 1stCavRVN11B says:

    Supposedly there were a whole lot more than 500 degrees sold at Southern University over the years!
    Sort of like phony DD-214s and medals online.

    Southern University – Falsifying Grades and Degrees
    An operation in place since 1995 was discovered in 2003 at the Baton Rouge campus of Southern University. Southern’s administrators discovered a former assistant registrar had been accepting payments from students to illegally change grades or issue degrees that had never been earned. Although the university had policies in place to prevent such practices, they were not followed. Over 500 students were implicated in the scandal at the historically black institution. (http://diverseeducation.com/article/3640/)