Can you imagine Oprah Winfrey knocking on your door to promote a local political candidate?
While it’s highly unlikely to ever occur in Australia (although we’d be open to sharing some location ideas if she’s interested), it’s happening right now in Georgia, where Stacey Abrams is running for Governor.
If Abrams wins the race during next week’s midterms, she will become the first female black governor in the United States — one of a number of women who could make history in the coming days, in line with the record numbers of women who put their hands up to run for Congress, and to become governors in one of 36 states where the position is up for election.
Here’s how one woman reacted to Oprah appearing at her front door.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 1, 2018
Speaking at a rally at the Cobb County town hall, Winfrey said she is in Georgia because, “Stacey Abrams cares about the things that matter”, noting her stance of gun control, environmental protection, affordable housing and healthcare.
“Nobody paid for me to come here, nobody even asked me to come here, I paid for myself and I approve of this message.
“I’m an independent woman,” she said. “I’ve earned the right to think for myself and to vote for myself.”
Winfrey said she is supporting a “change maker”.
Winfrey got in touch with Abrams just three days ago, after having to ask around for her mobile number. “Girl, let me pull over to the side of the road,” Winfrey told the crowd Abrams said as she answered the call.
Abrams thanked Winfrey during the event, saying she has “inspired so many of us through the years with her unparalleled ability to form real connections and strengthen the bods of family and community.”