If you want to change an entrenched power structure, you’ve got to be willing to take on a few bullies and write a whole new playbook. That’s what I’ve done my entire career.”
– Teresa Tomlinson
By electing Teresa Tomlinson, Georgia will gain a US senator who understands that . . .
- pointless tariff wars hurt Georgia farmers;
- shutting down the government for political sport damages our economy and hurts hardworking families;
- affordable healthcare and expanding Medicaid are essential to the economic infrastructure of our lives;
- politicians should stay out of the private and highly individualized medical consideration of women’s reproductive health;
- immigrants are essential to our future economic security and to our farming and urban communities alike; and
- it is reprehensible to pit us against one another based on our skin color, our sexuality or our religion.
Unquestionably, Georgia is trending blue and Teresa is well-positioned to finally tip the state into the WIN column at last. Teresa will win by building on the gains made by both Hillary Clinton and Stacey Abrams, while also plugging holes in their vote Composition.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton fell just 200,000 votes short of Donald Trump and in 2018, Stacey Abrams attracted a new universe of 135,000 voters who didn’t vote in recent presidential elections. In a high-turnout presidential election year, we can assume Teresa’s base will be these Clinton-Abrams voters, but Teresa can also make inroads in central and South Georgia where those candidates lagged but where Teresa is well-known and popular.
Georgia Voters Will Support Teresa Tomlinson
In 2018, roughly two-thirds of the electorate went to their partisan corners–leaving a swath of voters in the middle who decided the election. Teresa can rally the base, but victory in this election will be a fight for those “swing” voters. Tomlinson’s compelling personal attributes—her history of taking on entrenched and dysfunctional power structures like we see in Washington—combined with a record of making government deliver results for Georgia families will carry the day. Independent voters are open to new ideas and Teresa is ready to write a new playbook and articulate a clear vision of what good government can mean for their families’ well-being.
Teresa delivers justice and results. She got justice for families who suffered at the hands of corporate bullies, like big banks and chemical conglomerates, but she also partnered with local companies and community leaders to successfully tackle poverty and rebuild blighted neighborhoods in Columbus.
Voters like mayors—and Teresa was an exceptional one. Under Teresa’s tenure, Columbus was ranked among the “25 Best Run Cities in America.” As Mayor, she led efforts that reduced crime by 42%, created good jobs by shifting to a new tourism economy, and reformed the budget while saving taxpayers millions of dollars, protecting pensions, and providing healthcare for workers.
Teresa is on the right side of issues, whether it’s healthcare, jobs, women’s reproductive rights or guns. Teresa’s ability to communicate her pragmatic progressive vision will excite the base without alienating independents—and will appeal to voters.
Building a Robust Campaign to Turn Georgia Blue
Winning the general election will likely take upwards of $22 million, $3.7 million of which the campaign plans to raise over the next year. Tomlinson is a donor and proven fundraiser herself. Her success as a plaintiff’s attorney opens doors to the trial lawyer community; her heroic fundraising to save Sweet Briar women’s college earned her a nationwide following from the women’s college network; and her generous support for pro-choice causes, the Democracy Alliance, and various Democratic candidates provides her with a strong network of financial support.
Incumbent Republican Senator Is Vulnerable to Tomlinson Challenge
Meanwhile, David Perdue is on the ropes. Polls show his level of support against a generic Democrat has sunk to 31%. At a time when nearly all voters, regardless of party, decry the dysfunction and corruption of Washington, David Perdue has fit right into that entrenched power structure. He is vulnerable on a multitude of charges —
- Enriching himself at the expense of Georgia taxpayers
- His inaccessible and aloofness to his constituents, and
- Support for ideological causes that hurt Georgians, like the trade war that hurts farmers, or cutting
- Medicare and Medicaid that hurts seniors and low-income Georgians.
Voters are impatient for change and Perdue is more of the same.