In response to the demands of the two incumbent Georgian senators for their resignation, Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger has declared that he simply will not resign.
“Let me first say that this will not happen,” Raffensberger said in a statement on Monday. “The voters of Georgia hired me, and the voters will be the ones who fire me.
Earlier today, Senator David Perdue and Senator Kelly Loeffler called on Raffensperger to resign because of the state’s handling of the 2020 presidential election.
“The conduct of the elections in Georgia has become an embarrassment to our state,” Perdue and Loeffler wrote in a joint statement.
“Although the blame certainly lies elsewhere, the ultimate responsibility lies with the Secretary of State. The mismanagement and lack of transparency on the part of the Foreign Minister is unacceptable,” Perdue and Loeffler continued.
“The Foreign Minister has failed to hold honest and transparent elections. He has failed the Georgian people, and he should resign immediately,” the statement said.
Raffensberger called the senators’ allegations of lack of transparency “ridiculous” considering the hourly updates that his office published during the tabulation.
Neither senator was able to secure his seat in the November 3 elections. Due to the Georgian run-off vote, candidates must receive a majority of the votes to win.
Since both Perdue and Loeffler did not achieve a 50 percent, they will again run against their Democratic opponents Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in the January runoff elections.
The chance to elect two more Democratic senators could also give the Democrats control of the Senate-an about-turn that the Democratic Party has been working toward and hoping to achieve in this election.
With their names once again on the ballot and control of the Senate likely to be lost by the runoff, pressure is growing on the two Republican senators to speak out against their party’s election officials.
But Raffensberger, a Republican, said that he would continue to exercise his position despite the political tensions, and called on Perdue and Loeffler to turn their attention to other areas.
“If I were Senator Perdue, I would be irritated to find myself in a runoff election. And both the senators and I are all unhappy with the possible outcome for our president,” Raffensberger wrote. “But I am the dutifully elected Foreign Minister. One of my duties is to help conduct elections for all voters of Georgia. I have taken this oath, and I will fulfill this duty and obey Georgian law.
“As a Republican, I am concerned that the Republicans will retain the U.S. Senate. I recommend Senators Loeffler and Perdue to focus on this,” the Secretary of State added.
Reffernsperger, who endorsed Trump in his 2018 candidacy for Secretary of State, also took the opportunity to reinforce the Trump administration’s successes and its distrust of Democratic efforts to “steal” the election.
The Secretary of State noted that the President received more votes than any other Republican presidential candidate in the state’s history before calling Fulton County, the state’s largest and Atlanta-based district, “one of our long-standing problem districts with Democratic leadership.
While Raffesnberger had previously predicted that Georgia would conduct a recount given the proximity of the race, he took a different stance on Monday.
“Was her election illegal? I am sure they were. And my office is investigating all this,” he said. “Is there an increase in the number or the margin needed to change the result so that President Trump gets the votes of the Georgian voters? That is unlikely.”
Georgia became the center of the political universe last week, after the historic Republican state was expected to lose by a margin of more than 10,000 votes in favor of Joe Biden.
Washington Newsday asked Raffensberger for further comments, but heard no response before publication.