Major League Baseball moved its All-Star Game out of Atlanta earlier this year and played it in Denver over a dispute over Georgia’s new election law.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp was unwilling to forgive and forget Saturday night, when the Atlanta Braves ousted the Los Angeles Dodgers and won a National League pennant.
In a tweet posted shortly before midnight, while much of the Atlanta area was still celebrating the Braves’ 4-2 victory in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series — securing the team’s first league title since 1999 — Kemp was recounting the events of the past summer, when Major League Baseball pulled its All-Star game out of Atlanta and moved it to Denver in dispute over Georgia’s new election law.
Kemp’s tweets took aim at both MLB and Stacey Abrams, the Democrat whom Republican Kemp defeated in Georgia’s last gubernatorial election in 2018, which has since made election and voting issues the focus of her continued political activism.
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“While Stacy Abrams and MLB stole the All-Star Game from hardworking Georgians, the Braves earned their World Series trip this season and are bringing it home to Georgia,” wrote Kemp.
“Chop on, and go @ Braves!”
Back in April, MLB decided to move the scheduled July 13 All-Star Game after critics complained that Georgia’s election laws would adversely affect minority and low-income voters.
Others, who saw MLB as “waking” political pressure – and blamed Abrams for it – argued that the baseball league’s decision would hurt minorities – by diverting economic activity from 51% Black Atlanta and making it 76% White. By relocating to Denver.
There were also 30% black-owned businesses in Atlanta, Atlanta Journal-Constitution. noted at the time.
Despite arguing against the economic boycott in an essay for USA Today, Abrams continued to receive blame for the All-Star shift. But his seemingly contradictory positions have led to Kemp calling him “the greatest flip-flopper since John Kerry.”
Georgia’s election law sets an ID requirement for mail-in votes, limits the use of ballot drop-off boxes and gives the state legislature more control over local-level elections, the Journal-Constitution reported. It also extends voting to some rural areas of the state.
Unlike Kemp, at least one other Georgia Republican was willing to put the All-Star Game controversy behind him.
“Congratulations @braves,” Marci McCarthy, the GOP chair in DeKalb County, wrote on Twitter. “Who needs the @MLB All-Star Game when you get to play in the World Series! #GoBraves”
The Braves will face the Houston Astros of the American League, who eliminated the Boston Red Sox on Friday night in the AL Championship Series.