One group of former Republican legislators and officials from Georgia has urged their state party to “unite” in the Senate before the runoff elections there, as concerns about a “civil war” were raised among the state’s GOP voters.
Even though Trump Georgia lost by a narrow margin of about 12,000 votes to President-elect Joe Biden, the president refused to accept his loss in the state. Trump has claimed, without evidence, that he lost in Georgia, as in other major theaters of war, because of widespread election fraud. Trump and his allies have denigrated Georgia’s Republican leaders – including Governor Brian Kemp and Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger, whom the President supported in 2018 – by claiming that they rigged the election incorrectly.
As a result, at least some Republican voters in Georgia are considering boycotting the two runoff elections in the Senate scheduled for January 5. Some have also pushed for a campaign aimed at registering the name Trump instead of voting for GOP Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. Since both state seats are available in the upper house of Congress, the results of the runoff will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the Senate.
“We have watched with growing concern how the debate over the state’s electoral system has led some within our party to consider whether voting will play a role in the upcoming runoff,” the former legislators and officials of the GOP wrote in their Wednesday letter.
“Now is the time to unite our party and win the two seats in the U.S. Senate,” they said.
The letter was signed by former Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and former Senators Johnny Isakson, Mack Mattingly and Saxby Chambliss, as well as a number of former members of the House of Representatives, heads of state and party officials.
“As former elected officials and longtime party activists, we must always act to ensure the integrity of the election process,” the Republicans continued. “Indeed, we have a duty to assure every Georgian citizen – regardless of ideology – that free and fair elections are what makes our republic different from all others.
Washington Newsday asked the Georgian Republican Party for its opinion, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
Although Trump or his allies were not explicitly called upon in the letter to Trump or his allies, they repeatedly attacked the electoral process in Georgia and beat the leaders of the GOP for refusing to overturn the results. Trump last week described Raffensperger as an “enemy of the people” even though the Republican Secretary of State voted for the president and made a donation.
“For those who wonder: My [my candidate]lost – my family voted for him [Trump], donated to him, and is now being thrown under the bus by him,” Raffensperger wrote in an article for USA Today.
Trump continued on Tuesday to denigrate Georgia’s leader on Twitter. “Manipulated elections. Show signatures and envelopes. Expose the massive election fraud in Georgia. What are the Foreign Minister and [Governor] @BrianKempGA afraid of. You know what we will find!!” Tweeted trumps.
Manipulated election. Show signatures and envelopes. Expose the massive election fraud in Georgia. What are Foreign Minister and @BrianKempGA afraid of. You know what we will find!!!! https://t.co/Km7tRm2s1A
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2020
During an event last Saturday, Republican voters expressed their frustration and anger with their elected leaders over the loss of Trump in the state. Some questioned why they should vote in January’s runoff election, believing, as the president claimed, that the election was “rigged.
“If we lose the White House and the Senate, we will never recover. We cannot give up.” Georgia’s GOP chief, David Shafer, told the crowd