GOP to strike back at MLB, Democrats with ads during All Star Game

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Republicans are expected to launch an ad campaign during Major League Baseball’s All Star festivities criticizing the league and Democrats for pulling the Midsummer Classic from Atlanta, Georgia to protest the state’s new election bill, a sign of how the GOP is responding to companies, like the MLB, starting to take a more active role in political issues.

Highlights

The Republican National Committee (RNC) will release a seven-figure ad accusing Democrats of stealing the All-Star Game from Georgia to “advance their divisive political agenda” and companies, such as MLB, of lying.

The National Republican Senate Committee (NRSC) is expected to run a separate spot attacking Senator Raphael Warnock (D-Ga) – who is due for re-election next year – for refusing to resist the boycott, a somewhat misleading characterization.

Ad highlights Warnock’s interview with CNN in April in which senator calls on people to “use our voices” to protest new voting law after being asked if boycotts should “be on the table “.

Warnock’s response is somewhat vague, but he never approved a boycott during the interview and on April 2, after the MLB decision to move the game, the senator replied that “businesses, athletes and artists can protest this law not by leaving Georgia but by coming. here and by fighting head-on against the suppression of voters “.

Both ads highlight the economic impact the boycott will have on Georgia, with the NRSC accusing the “radical left-wing mob” of pushing back an event that would have been a “$ 100 million boost to the country’s economy. Georgia “.

Not all Democrats supported the boycott, but President Joe Biden spoke out in favor of moving the game a day before the MLB made its decision on April 2.

Crucial quote

“Politicians and businesses have lied, while black communities have been hit the hardest,” Reverend Melvin Everson, former Republican member of the Georgia House of Representatives, said in the NRSC announcement. “It was supposed to be Atlanta night. But we have been robbed.

Key context

After Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed a new restrictive voting bill in March, sparking outrage, Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred announced in April that the MLB would no longer host the All Star Game in Atlanta, Georgia. Manfred said the league “fundamentally supports the right to vote for all Americans” and “opposes ballot restrictions.” A few days later, the MLB ad instead, he would be holding the game in Denver, Colorado, at the Rockies’ Coors Field. The move sparked outrage from Republicans, especially Georgia, who said the MLB had bowed to liberal hysteria and harmed Georgia’s economy in the process. Georgia’s new law created a new identification requirement for postal ballots, restricted where ballot boxes can be placed and when they are accessible, and granted increased control to the legislature over local elections, among other provisions . After initially remaining silent, Delta and Coca-Cola, two companies based in Georgia,rotated and opposed the bill, joining other companies like Aflac.

Large number

8. This is the number of court challenges filed against the electoral law so far, including a lawsuit brought by the Ministry of Justice last month.

Surprising fact

Stacey Abrams, who became the face of the Democrats’ national campaign for the right to vote after her bid for governor of Georgia failed in 2018, opposed the boycott in April, arguing that while supporting the MLB position, she did not want to see “Georgian families hurt by events and lost jobs”.

Tangent

Republicans, as they did in advertisements, have repeatedly claimed Georgia will lose “$ 100 million” from the boycott, a figure they obtained from Cobb Travel and Tourism chief Holly Quinlan who Told CNN as such in April. On the flip side, Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) claimed the decision to move the All Star Game to Colorado would bring in $ 190 million in revenue for the state. However, some specialists say the economic impact will be much less disastrous for Georgia and, in turn, less lucrative for Colorado. “There’s a loss, so it’s not zero, but it’s much closer to zero than the $ 100 million figure Atlanta was throwing out and the $ 190 million gain that the Governor of Colorado was throwing out. “, Victor Matheson, professor of economics at the College of the Holy Cross, Told The Guardian in April.

Further reading

MLB moves Atlanta All-Star game over Georgia voting law (Forbes)


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