For Immediate Release
Friday, October 19, 2018
OVER 400 GEORGIA FARMERS, AG SUPPORTERS CONDEMN ABRAMS’ ATTACK
(Athens, GA) – Today, over 400 hardworking Georgians responded to Stacey Abrams’ disgraceful comments that: “People shouldn’t have to go into agriculture or hospitality to make a living in Georgia.”
READ the letter below:
Thursday, October 18th, 2018
To Whom It May Concern:
Recently, gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams stated: “People shouldn’t have to go into agriculture or hospitality to make a living in Georgia.”
At a time when farm families across Georgia are grappling with unprecedented destruction and loss in the wake of Hurricane Michael, these words are irresponsible and display a shocking ignorance about our state’s oldest and largest industry.
Even in today’s shameful political environment, Ms. Abrams has reached a new, disgraceful low.
These are the facts: Agriculture contributes $75 billion dollars to Georgia’s economy annually. 1 in every 7 jobs in Georgia are connected to agriculture or agribusiness. Agriculture provides economic opportunities in communities throughout our state. Farm families are the bedrock of rural Georgia.
We understand Ms. Abrams raised a large sum of money for her political campaign in San Francisco and New York. Perhaps if she spent more time in rural Georgia outside of campaign season she would realize how vital agriculture is to Georgia.
Being a farmer isn’t always an easy way to make a living. It takes hard work, resilience, and faith in Almighty God. But it is an honorable and rewarding way to put food on the table for our families and families around the globe.
In this dark hour, our farmers and those in agribusiness do not need condescension and disparaging comments from Ms. Abrams. They need prayers and support. They need leaders who understand the challenges they face every day.
Stacey Abrams’ own words have shown she has utterly failed to meet that standard. She is unfit to serve as our state’s next governor.
Georgia Farmers and Supporters of Georgia Agriculture
Greg & Kim Rutland
Alison Bagwell Smith
John David Allen
Sue Allen Baird
Dobson Gay III
Mandy Newsome Kettles
Melissa Ann Dailey Brannen
Randy G. Oglesby, Jr.
Lewis Rice Jr.
John Allen Roland