Governing: When Republican Brian Kemp edged out Democrat Stacey Abrams in the Georgia governor’s race last November, Hollywood liberals were apoplectic. Their immediate impulse was to punish the state, which has become a hub of American filmmaking surpassed only by California and New York. Several big-name entertainers even called for an industry boycott, prompting a flurry of news reports about Tinseltown turning against its new Southern home.
Abrams moved swiftly to quell the rebellion. The former minority leader of the state House of Representatives tweeted that she appreciated “the calls to action” from her celebrity supporters, but stressed that “hard-working Georgians who serve on crews and make a living here are not to blame” for the election’s outcome.