MLB All-Star Game: Politicking accompanies an unusually political game

If you watch Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game, you will see a Republican National Committee commercial about how “this was supposed to be Atlanta’s night” until “Democrats stole our All-Star Game to push their divisive political agenda.” The RNC is spending more than $1 million on the ad.

“To Democrats it’s just a game,” the ad states, “but we’re the ones who got played.”

The game will be played under an unusual amount of political cloud cover after Major League Baseball’s extraordinary move to bring the Midsummer Classic from Georgia to Denver in response to a controversial new election law in the Peach State. Democrats and Republicans have seized on the situation to score political points.

On the steps of the Capitol on Monday morning, Secretary of State Jena Griswold touted Colorado’s “gold standard” election model and claimed the “worst Jim Crow voter suppression in recent American history” is occurring now.

And on Sunday, progressive groups rallied on at Metro State University to urge Congress to pass H.R. 1, a Democrat-backed sweeping election bill that includes automatic voter registration, nationwide early voting, a restoration of voting rights to felons and public financing of campaigns. About 250 people attended the downtown Denver rally, according to The Associated Press.

Meanwhile, conservative nonprofit group Consumers’ Research is spending more than $1 million on television ads this week, including during Tuesday’s game. The ads accuse MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred of “making baseball political” to hide his poor leadership of the league.

“Major League Baseball: serve your customers,” it states, “not woke politicians.”

Staff writer Alex Burness contributed to this report

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