DuBose Porter, a former chairman of the party in Georgia, said: “She will talk about the issues that really do matter to working Americans and families, who Stacey Abrams speaks for more than anyone else I know.”
Chuck Schumer, the Democrat leader in the US Senate, said: “She is just a great spokesperson. She is an incredible leader. She has led the charge for voting rights, which is at the root of just about everything else. She knows what working people, the middle class, go through.”
The selection also reveals an important subplot at play concerning the 2020 election.
The party hierachy wants Ms Abrams to stand for a Senate seat in Georgia in 2020. That seat is currently Republican and without flipping it the Democrats have virtually no chance of winning control of the US senate.
Delivering the State of the Union response will give ss Abrams a launch pad for a senate campaign if she chooses to stand.