Picture credit - Amico (left) and Kemp (right)

Georgia GOP candidate for governor, Brian Kemp, asked Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor, Sarah Riggs Amico, to withdraw from the race due to a lawsuit involving her company over racism, discrimination, and sexual harassment.

Sarah Riggs Amico helps lead a family owned trucking company business, Jack Cooper Transport Company, where a lawsuit was filed by current and former employees claiming there was a culture of racial discrimination and sexual harassment.

On Friday, the Kemp Campaign released a statement about the claims from employees and the lawsuit asking for Amico to step down. Kemp also asked his Democratic opponent to join Kemp’s efforts to ask Amico to step down.

Today, businessman and Republican nominee for governor, Brian Kemp, called for Democrat Lt. Governor nominee, Sarah Riggs Amico, to withdraw from the race after a shocking lawsuit that highlights the culture of racism, discrimination, and sexual harassment fostered under her leadership at Jack Cooper – a specialty transportation and logistics company.

“The lawsuit filed against Jack Cooper is disturbing,” said Kemp. “Nearly a dozen victims have come forward with stories of racial discrimination and sexual harassment. These men and women were forced to work in a hostile work environment while Amico made millions and did nothing. Even worse, Amico doesn’t believe the victims. She won’t take action. Amico refuses to take responsibility for the culture of racism, discrimination, and sexual harassment fostered under her leadership.

“This type of behavior is unacceptable and disqualifying. It is time for Sarah Riggs Amico to end her campaign for Lt. Governor. She should listen to the victims and apologize for the hurt they have endured while working at Jack Cooper. Amico should be held accountable for her inaction.”

“Victims deserve a champion – not an enabler – at the State Capitol. I urge Stacey Abrams to join me in calling for Sarah Riggs Amico to withdraw from the Lt. Governor’s race. This goes beyond politics or differences in ideology. This is about doing the right thing. We must stand up for the victims.”

Kemp’s demand for the withdrawing comes after Amico said last week at a campaign event that he would be targeted by the Me Too Movement if elected Governor because “stuff just happens”.

Amico was also castigated by many GOP women activists earlier this week after Amico’s remarks of insinuating a future  “Me Too Era” attack on Kemp.

Kemp is being accused of holding up 53,000 voters registrations which is part of a lawsuit filed on Thursday involving the Secretary of State’s Office, which Kemp leads.

The Kemp campaign maintains that the Abrams campaign is creating an unnecessary issue.

The 53,000 Georgians in question can vote early or on November 6th. Real ballots – not provisional. This is a manufactured crisis created by Abrams, advanced by the media, fanned by left-wing activists, and used by Abrams for Governor to drive turnout,” said  campaign spokesman Ryan Mahoney.

Amico faces Republican Geoff Duncan in Georgia’s Lt. Governor’s race. In a recent poll, Duncan leads Amico by 6.2 percent with about 15 percent undecided.

AllOnGeorgia reached out to Amico’s campaign for a formal response to Kemp’s statement.

Amico released the following statement:

It’s obvious the Georgia GOP wants to distract voters from this week’s national news headlines about Brian Kemp’s abysmal track record as Georgia Secretary of State – including the recent revelation that his office placed 53,000 new voter registrations, 70% of which are for African-American voters, “on hold”.  

The claims made against a subsidiary of my company and one of its employees are completely without merit; we are confident the final outcome of court proceedings will confirm this. The GOP is simply seeking to divert attention from Kemp’s record as Secretary of State which has been marred by claims of voter suppression, voter purges, efforts to close polling places in precincts with large minority voter populations, and his unfortunate choice to point a shotgun at a young man in a campaign commercial. Like Georgia voters, I questioned Brian Kemp’s judgement long before his laughably-misleading press release today.

Geoff Duncan, after a weak debate performance where he could not explain his failure to prevent Georgia’s rural healthcare crisis during the five years in which he collected a paycheck from Georgia taxpayers as a state representative, appears similarly desperate. Or perhaps he simply desires to avoid discussing his use of out of state, “dark money” and personal attacks to win his primary. If he’s willing to play ‘dirty politics’ against a member of his own party, it is no surprise he’d do the same to a strong Democratic challenger.

The truth is, after 14 years of Republican control in Georgia state government, their candidates would rather talk about anything – even if they have to manufacture it – to avoid discussing their records. After 14 years of Republican leadership, Georgia ranks 35th of 50 states in pre-K through 12 education; we rank 47th in affordability of healthcare; and we rank dead last (50 out of 50 states) in maternal mortality. We’ve lost seven rural hospitals since 2013…on the GOP’s watch. No wonder GOP candidates would rather chase rubbish lawsuits than discuss their records.

Sadly, this is what happens when an actual outsider starts to shake up the political establishment, threatening to bring accountability to career Republican politicians under the Gold Dome. 

I am proud of my track record at Jack Cooper, and of our Company’s strong anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies. Neither I, nor our company and its management, would ever tolerate discrimination of any kind. 

As the Executive Chairperson of one of America’s largest certified Women-Owned Business Enterprises, I am proud of my work to improve the company’s performance while simultaneously diversifying our senior management and Board. I’m also proud of our company’s track record of investing in our people: introducing paid parental leave, protecting our unions, and offering our employees and their families 100% fully-funded healthcare premiums – all because it was the right thing to do. 

In sharp contrast with my opponent, whose GOP majority failed to prevent Georgia’s present healthcare crisis, I’ve been busy building a company that provides fully-paid healthcare to thousands of employees and their families.

My record is strong and it speaks for itself. The voters of Georgia deserve leaders, like me, Stacey Abrams and Democrats up and down the ballot, who will deliver real change and honest political dialogue to our state.

Stacey Abrams’ campaign was also contacted but did not send a response before publishing.

 

 

 

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Talk about a slanted article with absolutely no proof of any wrongdoing by Amico. Just allegations, and just before the election. Nothing about Kemp doing absolutely nothing about FBI reports of Russian interference in Georgia elections, nothing about voting system being totally hackable and hackers showing him voter info, SSNs, changing votes, etc., finally admitting voting machines need to be replaced, but AFTER HIS election, nothing about closing hundreds of polls in minority districts, removing 1.4 MILLION voters from being able to vote. In your face corruption. That’s the srticke you should be writing. Lot more actual evidence there.

  2. Jack Cooper Transport / JC Holdings is a solid company and is not a sexist or racist place to work. They care about their employees and offer great healthcare and routinely survey employees on how they are performing as a management team. They have ~3000 employees and I believe in most all companies of that size you will find HR lawsuits if you go out and look for them and/or solicit them. It is a quality company and the GOP candidate is just using what is publicly available to throw mud at her. JCT has several women terminal managers (rare in our industry), a significant number of minority employees (I would estimate larger than the population at large) and genuinely cares about their employees.

    In case you are wondering my frame of reference: I work for this company and know Sarah Amico. I do not live in GA and am a registered GOP voter and will likely vote GOP in my local race. I don’t have knowledge of the specific lawsuit but can speak to the company culture as a whole.

    Lets move the debate to real issues like policy.

  3. Would Kemp stand up to one of his own Republican constituents and Trump supports that has been charged with the same? That’s the real question. Employment Discrimination is a very real issue that needs to be addressed head-on.
    So, if I may respectfully ask of Mr. Secretary of State, would your office do the same if the charge was one one of your constituents?

  4. Well, If he thinks Amico should step down he should look himself in the mirror and step down because its a serious conflict of interest to be seated as Secretary of State IN CHARGE OF ELECTIONS and running for Govenor. It’s unethical and a conflict of interest. But the only interest he has is in rigging the election, closing polling places in South Georgia, and blocking registered voters from exercising their legal right to vote.

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