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Biden delivered remarks alongside Vice President Harris in Atlanta on Tuesday, in which he made a concerted push for voting reform on the national level and endorsing a change to the Senate filibuster to enact such legislation if necessary.
Georgia democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who has been a vocal advocate for voting rights reform, was notably not in attendance at the speech. The White House downplayed her absence, blaming it on a scheduling conflict.
Asked during a Wednesday appearance on Hill.TV’s “Rising” if there is any meaning to Abrams’s failure to appear at the event, Gray emphasized the frustration voting rights groups have towards Biden amid the election reform stalemate.
“I don't know how much we even need to read the tea leaves about Stacey Abrams’s absence when the major voting rights groups that have been behind all of the advocacy and registration efforts in Georgia that won the state have been very clear about their displeasure with Joe Biden, and their wish that he had stayed in D.C. and continued to put pressure on members of Congress instead of going down south to do what many are seeing as a largely performative stunt,” Gray said.
A number of voting rights groups based in Georgia issued a statement last week advising Biden and Harris not to travel to Atlanta to deliver remarks on voting rights unless they have a plan to pass election reform legislation that Senate Republicans have blocked.
Gray on Wednesday said “we know clearly that voting rights advocates are frustrated with Joe Biden regardless of what Stacey Abrams herself believes.”