George Soros and Donald Trump are battling in the Georgia governor's race.
Soros, the international financier and bogey man of European right-wingers and mentioned by Vladimir Putin during his bizarre press conference with Trump in Helsinki this week, has donated $1 million to the Georgia Democratic Party, the AJC reported Thursday.
Another striking AJC front page story reported that Trump paused from dodging bullets over his cozying up to Putin to endorse Brian "Jethro" Kemp over Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in the GOP gubernatorial runoff election Tuesday.
Those stories were juxtaposed with news that Delta Air Lines is reviving its service from Atlanta to Shanghai, China. A photo showed beaming Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms sharing a toast with a local Chinese representative.
The clash of international, national and local politics and global commerce was head-spinning. Who knows, Putin's hacking comrades might be standing by to manipulate Georgia's voting machines.
While Delta announced its major international expansion, the news of Trump's endorsement was the latest anti-Delta action involving GOP candidates for governor.
Delta's CEO said that Trump's tariffs and trade war with China raises uncertainty about the Shanghai route's long-term success. Early in the race, then GOP front-runner Cagle began his ill-advised lurch to the right by castigating Delta for opposing the NRA after the mass shooting at a Florida high school. Once upon a time, the GOP was considered pro-business.
Until Trump high-jacked the party, the Republicans also staunchly opposed anti-American dictators like Putin. Now, flag-wavers like Kemp yearn for the embrace of Mr. Fellow Traveler Trump.
Soros' donation gives Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams strong financial support for her campaign against either Kemp or Cagle. The Georgia's governor's race is already the most expensive ever, and spending will soar to new heights during the general election.
Condemned by Putin and European right-wingers like Hungary's leader, Soros will make a tempting target for conservative ads against Abrams. Why did Soros reveal his name? Financial backers of national PACs like the Koch brothers can remain anonymous. Maybe Soros is putting his money into a PAC as well.
The GOP candidates for governor and other offices have engaged in appalling/amusing scorched-earth campaigns. Democratic ad gurus will be hard-pressed to come up with anything more vicious. The GOP bloodsport closes on Tuesday, and then Abrams and other Democratic candidates enter the battle.