Gay attorney calls out Brian Kemp in new Stacey Abrams ad

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A gay attorney and former police officer is defending Stacey Abrams against her Republican opponent in a TV ad that is blanketing the airwaves.

“We’re calling Brian Kemp out … for his false and misleading attacks against Stacey Abrams,” Dennis Collard (top photo) says in the ad, which is called “Tough and Smart.”

Collard also vouches for Abrams’ community safety plan in the ad, saying it “goes after drug peddlers and predators.”

A mother and a teacher appear in the ad with Collard. It’s part of a larger effort to defend Abrams after the Kemp campaign released an attack ad targeting her record on fighting sex trafficking.

Collard went into family law after leaving law enforcement and now practices at the Midtown firm Collard Shockley.

He was co-chair of an Abrams fundraiser hosted by LGBTQ and allied supporters in August. The event, held at the home of lesbian philanthropist Edie Cofrin, raised $140,000 for Abrams.

Collard also drove the Jeep that Abrams rode in during the Atlanta Pride parade earlier this month.

Abrams vowed to bury anti-LGBTQ “religious freedom” bills “in its grave” at the Georgia Democratic Convention, wants to expand Medicaid to help tackle Georgia’s HIV epidemic, became the first Democratic nominee for governor to attend Georgia Equality’s annual gala dinner and became the first major party gubernatorial candidate to speak at Atlanta Pride.

Check out the ad with Collard below.

Abrams and Kemp have their first debate Tuesday night on GPB. A second debate will take place on Nov. 4 on WSB-TV.
They face off on Election Day on Nov. 6.


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