By Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor,

Brian Kemp, Georgia’s Secretary of State, who is locked in a titanic struggle with Stacy Abrams, the former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, for Georgia governor’s mansion, has engaged in a divisive campaign, which apparently includes the embrace of the state’s violent, right-wing elements.

According to a report in The Root by Jason Johnson, who is also a professor of Communications and Political Science at Morgan State University, Kemp recently posed for a selfie with his arm around a man named James J. Stachowiak, who has threatened the Abrams campaign specifically and Black women and children specifically.

In this Aug. 29, 2018 file photo, Georgia Secretary of State and GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp speaks a press conference in Atlanta. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via APM File)

Kemp was photographed with Stachowiak at a Wild Wings restaurant in Georgia, Kemp grinning broadly, flashing a thumbs up, while Stachowiak smirks with a Trump red, white and blue MAGA cap on his head. In September, Stachowiak, a multiple convicted felon, along with a group of White supremacists known as the Nationalist Liberty Union spewed racist slurs and threatened violence at an Abrams campaign event in Augusta, Ga. Stachowiak and his group brandished Kemp for Governor signs during their verbal assault upon the Abrams campaign.

On several occasions Stachowiak has posted violent threats on social media calling for “patriots” to “shoot Black women and children on sight.”

The Kemp campaign allegedly has not disavowed Stachowiak or the Nationalist Liberty Union to date. Abrams and Kemp have essentially tied in almost every poll taken over the last several weeks. If she wins, Abrams would be the first Black woman governor in United States history.

Sean Yoes

AFRO Baltimore Editor