Missouri Democratic Congressman William Lacy Clay slammed failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams’ public campaign to be former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate Tuesday as “inappropriate.”
“Here’s what I do know. And it’s like all of the other presidential candidates, Democratic presidential primary candidates and their supporters, okay, we went through a process, Bernie Sanders has conceded, and this applies to Stacey [Abrams] too,” Clay said on the “Tangazo!” Podcast. “You know, at the race track, you cannot show up at the winner’s window with loser’s tickets. You haven’t won anything. You can’t show up at the winner’s window with loser’s tickets and demand anything.”
Clay went on to call Abrams’ public lobbying for the number two spot as “offensive.”
“For you to be out there marketing and putting on a PR campaign that way, I think it’s inappropriate.”
Clay’s criticism comes as Abrams defies presidential norms to publicly campaign for a place on the ticket. She’s toured on national media, calling on Democratic power players to advocate on her behalf.
“I would make an excellent running mate,” Abrams proclaimed in an interview with Elle Magazine earlier this month, citing an apparent “25 years in independent study of foreign policy” as adequate credentials to govern world affairs.
Abrams however, a former state representative and romance novelist, has yet to even capture statewide office and lost the Georgia governor’s race in 2018 by nearly 55,000 votes which she has chastised as an illegitimate election ever since.
Biden pledged last month to pick a female candidate as his running mate but has stopped short of promising it to a woman of color. Abrams’ lack of experience is prompting concerns among many in the Democratic Party of her ability to lead the country, let alone help carry Biden to victory in a nationwide race.
“I will listen to what she has to say, but given her relative lack of experience, I am not convinced she would be the right way to go,” Democratic strategist Jim Manley told the Washington Examiner.