Writing for Black Press USA/NNPA, The Burton Wire’s Founder & Editor-in-Chief talks to then Georgia 6th District Congressional candidate Lucy McBath about her campaign, her motivation, God and her son Jordan. McBath won her election against GOP incumbent Karen Handel and is now officially working in Congress representing Newt Gingrich’s former district. Check out an excerpt of the story below:
A woman who has spent the last six years lobbying Georgia’s Congressional, State House and State Senate delegations to enact common sense gun violence prevention laws could very well have continued in that vein. After Clinton’s loss in the 2016 election, McBath decided she needed to do more.
“After losing the election, I thought to myself, what do I do? Where do I go? How do I continue to build upon what we have done?” she offers. “After Parkland happened, I realized the legislators have the power to create the change. It just had to stop. It had to stop,” says McBath growing silent. After a moment of reflection, McBath begins speaking again. It is clear McBath’s desire for change is painful and personal. “I had already been dealing with our gun violence/prevention – testifying and listening to the amendments and time and time again watching the Republican Party have a disdain for common sense gun laws,” she offers. “When the Parkland children stood up, I thought why are we not standing behind them. Why are we not helping them save their own lives? If not now, then when?”
Clearly, the time is now, and the election is in a few days and McBath has continuously beaten the odds, having secured the Democratic nomination. It took a lot of faith, time, money and effort to go down this path to potential lawmaker. “I had already been in Washington. I’ve already done a lot of work folks do. I testify, negotiate, advocate. I just thought that Jordan’s legacy,” her voice trails off. “If this is how to continue to save lives, then it would be more tragic not even to try.”
Read the story in entirety at BlackPressUSA.