A friend of the family of Georgian Prime Minister Brian Kemp, who worked as an adjutant for Georgian Senator Kelly Loeffler and as an intern for Georgian Senator David Perdue, Harrison Deal was killed in a multi-car accident on Friday. The deal was 20 years old.
The deal, a junior at the University of Georgia in Athens, worked as a sales representative for Loeffler’s campaign. It was expected that Loeffler and Kemp would appear alongside Vice President Mike Pence at a Republican campaign event on Friday. Loeffler and Kemp cancelled their appearances after Deal’s death.
” Harrison was a beloved member of our campaign team,” Loeffler said in a statement Friday. “More importantly, Harrison was an intelligent, bright, loving, loyal and outstanding young man. Harrison embodied the very best of this campaign – and the very best of our state.”
The family of Georgian Governor Brian Kemp described Deal as “the Kemp son and brother we never had.
Loeffler’s opponent in a special election in January, Reverend Raphael Warnock, tweeted his condolences.
“I pray for Harrison Deal, a young associate for @KLoeffler’s campaign, and for his family, friends, associates and all those who mourn his loss, and I ask the Georgians to join me in expressing their condolences to his family,” Warnock wrote.
I pray for Harrison Deal, a young worker of the @KLoeffler campaign, and for his family, friends, co-workers and all those who mourn his loss, and I ask the Georgians to join me in expressing their condolences to his loved ones,” wrote Warnock.
– Reverend Raphael Warnock (@ReverendWarnock) December 4, 2020
Allegations of fraud in the November elections in Georgia have led to the special elections for the state senate being subjected to intensive scrutiny. Should Loeffler and his Republican counterparts from Perdue lose the elections, the Democrats could gain control of the U.S. Senate. At Friday’s rally, Vice President Pence assured Georgian Republicans that the elections would be “safe”.
“This time we are on them,” Pence told the assembled crowd. “We are watching them. We will secure our polls. We will secure our ballot boxes. So get a ballot paper and vote and vote today.”
Warnock and Loeffler are expected to compete for the Senate seat that will become vacant with the resignation of Senator Johnny Isakson in 2019. Loeffler’s campaign has attempted to portray Warnock as the leader of a “radical” agenda. In response, Warnock’s campaign has claimed that Loeffler violated ethics laws by directing viewers of an interview in the Capitol to a website where donations could be made to her campaign.
Loeffler and Warnock are expected to participate in a televised political debate on Sunday. Washington Newsday contacted Loeffler’s office to comment.
Acting Republican Senator Perdue will run against the Democrat Jon Ossoff in January. The special election between Perdue and Ossoff was called after neither candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote.
Perdue has refused to debate Ossoff in the days leading up to the runoff election. In a November statement, Perdue’s campaign manager Ben Fry said Perdue planned to “bring our message about what is at stake when the Democrats have total control of Congress directly to the people.