Sistah’s Step Up

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Late last week, Georgia State Representative “Able” Mabel Thomas announced her intention to challenge Congressman John Lewis for re-election.  

 

 

 

She becomes the second serious challenger to Lewis, the first being Markel Hutchins, a community activist and minister.  This marks the second time Thomas has challenged Lewis. Representative Thomas lost badly in 1992 and won less than 25% of the vote.  Able Mabel is a serious politician having served in both the Georgia House of Representatives and the Atlanta City Council.  She is also a progressive legislator having twice passed legislation to increase Georgia’s homestead exemption to protect low income and elderly people from losing their homes.

 

She, like Hutchins, frames the contest in generational terms, I believe that, at the end of the day, that my opponent is not only beatable, but my opponent should — right now — just get out of the race and let a new generation come forth.”

 

Hutchins subsequently released a statement as well and obviously got the memo that this is a change election. “While my campaign will continue to respect the contributions of the elder politicians that have come before us, this congressional race is about sending a true change agent to Washington that has the energy to work, audacity to hope, courage to lead and propensity for diplomacy needed to effectively represent and advocate for all of the people of Georgia in the United States Congress.”

 

This follows on the heels of an announcement last month that Georgia State Senator Regina Thomas, (no relation) will challenge Congressman John Barrow for re-election in the July Democratic Primary. Barrow, a conservative Democrat, barely made it last election and has raised an impressive war chest to fend off stiff Republican competition.  

 

 

Senator Regina Thomas, a Savannah Democrat, has a weakness for colorful and elaborate hats and apparently hers is on too tight.   She cannot possibly win this seat in a general election despite having the demographic advantage of a 40% African American population in the district.  She’s a weak fundraiser but a solid progressive. Unfortunately, that ain’t gonna be enough to overcome white resistance to liberal black representation in rural South Georgia. 

10 thoughts on “Sistah’s Step Up

  1. Darnell

    In regards to the 5th District Race-

    Markel Hutchins is a phony, over ambitious college drop-out who is running off his 15 seconds of “fame”. He is terribly under-qualified and in no way shape or form has proven he can do much of anything, besides organize a press conference.

    Rep. Thomas is formidable, however IF she does win, she wont be able to accomplish much of anything in Congress, as she will have ZERO influence. She’s been apart of the same do-nothing state house that year after year fails Georgia citizens.

  2. Well, at least we at CBC Monitor, are very heartened to see these developments.

    No one’s seat should be considered a “safe” seat unless their performance has dictated it. And the fact that at least 25% of the CBC sell their votes for twos and fews, means at least 10 seats should get primary challenges from fellow African-Americans.

    Especially in light of the cold shoulder welcome Donna Edwards is getting from them, and Keith Ellison when he showed up on the Hill last year.

  3. Darnell

    Great, competition is healthy, I agree. However, the competition John Lewis faces is sub-par at best; and they are actually going to split the voting blocks that would resist John Lewis anyway. So, in effect they are both helping him and essentially wasting our time and theirs.

  4. newman

    DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE 5TH DISTRICT RACE, BUT I DO UNDERSTAND A LITTLE BIT BOUT LEADERSHIP…… IT SHOULD BE MOVED LIKE A BALL ON THE BASKETBALL COURT IN ORDER TO ASSURE THE QUALITY OF RESULTS.
    HOW CAN WE GROW IF WE DON’T INCORPORATE NEW IDEAS AND VISIONS FROM WITHIN? WE NEED MORE BRIDGES AND LESS STATUES… NEW DOESN’T HAS TO MEAN UNSATIFIED, “IT COULD MEAN GROWTH”!!!!!!

  5. Tyrick

    Interestingly enough Georgia is implementing change. It’s so unfortunate that some peple (Hutchins and Thomas) are attempting to rob Atlanta of a great leader/representation in Congress. It would be insane to begin new when one of your own (John Lewis) is representing the 5th District at Chief Deputy Whip. Take that away from Atlanta then what do you have representing you — (you decide). All this fuss is about white vs. black (Hillary vs. Obama). To think John Lewis is “out of touch” with the needs or concerns of Atlanta and the American people… is a catchy phrase that equates to nothing! Hutchins is an opportunist and attempting to ride the wind that brought Obama victory (wind is now calm Markel) and Thomas… well just check her flyers from last week. She’s not sure if she’s wanting to work at the Capital or Capitol. She indicated Capital! That alone should disqualify her. How could you not know?

    Regardless, we must not vote because of a black or white issue, but the issues faced in Atlanta. If representation (LEADERSHIP) isn’t living up to expectations then make contact. Atlanta is too rich to suffer great representation in Congress. It’s just that simple BLACK People.

  6. awhite

    Representative Able Mable Thomas is qualified for the position. She is well educated and most of all she knows the concerns and needs of her people. She has served her community for over 20 years. She has lived in the district for many years. Despite the negative responses, Representative Abel Mable Thomas keep campaigning!!! I truly believe you are the choice for a change.

    Markel should continue working on being a clone for all of the historic black men you can think of. With all do respect John Lewis, its time to move aside. You have done a great job with making history and contributing to the changes of the past. Without you we would not be where we are today. No one can take that from you. Now, let the product of history take office and guide the people towards their future.

  7. DOUGLAS FIELD

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    **** INNOCENT AMERICANS ARE DENIED REAL HC RIGHTS WITH THEIR FEDERAL APPEALS !
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    ****WHEN THE US INNOCENT WERE ABANDONED BY THE GUILTY ****
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    This same exact unjust situation was happening in our Southern States when poor and mostly uneducated Black Americans were being falsely imprisoned for endless decades without the needed educational skills to properly submit their own written federal trial appeals.

    This devious and deceptive judicial process of making our poor and innocent prison inmates formulate and write their own federal appeal legal cases for possible retrials on their state criminal cases,is still in effect today even though everyone in our US judicial system knows that without proper legal representation, these tens of thousands of innocent prison inmates will be denied their rightful opportunities of ever being granted new trials from our federal appeal judges!!

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  8. David McCullough

    Lewis is not a “down the line progressive,” as someone put it. He voted for the Bush domestic spying bill.

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