With just five days to go until the critical runoff election, unelected Senator Kelly Loeffler has found herself at the center of the intensifying “intraparty war” among Georgia Republicans. Yesterday, President Trump called for the state’s Republican governor, Brian Kemp, to “resign from office,” just days before he is headed back to Georgia for a campaign event for the state’s two vulnerable GOP senators. Now, Loeffler is refusing to defend the political patron who appointed her to the open Senate seat against the president’s wishes.
It’s the latest “unwelcome development” in the bitter Republican battle that has plagued the Georgia Senate races, beginning with Loeffler’s appointment a year ago. Kemp’s choice to appoint the “political mega-donor” to the Senate without consulting Trump created a “‘nasty’ feud” between the governor and the president — with Loeffler right in the middle. In response, Loeffler has gone to remarkable lengths to demonstrate absolute loyalty to Trump, pledging to stand with him “100%” of the time no matter what the consequences. The growing feud between President Trump and other GOP statewide officials in Georgia is driving “a wedge” among voters, “risking a larger GOP split” and threatening Loeffler and Senator David Perdue.
Loeffler and Perdue have joined Trump in pushing “dangerous” false claims against the state’s election administrators without evidence and even called on the Republican Secretary of State to resign over baseless election fraud claims. As a result, Trump’s relentless accusations of fraud have “corroded trust in Georgia’s voting system among members of the party base.”
Read more about Loeffler’s awkward dilemma in the nasty feud between the governor who appointed her and the president she says she agrees with “100%”:
WSAV: “Loeffler was asked about a tweet from President Trump where he called for the resignation of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. She refused to comment on the president’s actions.”
WJCL: “At a campaign stop in Savannah, Senator Kelly Loeffler did not defend Governor Kemp. In fact, as Jessica Battista explains, she sided with President Trump…We pressed her again if she believes Governor Kemp should resign.”