Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz blamed the Republican Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, during a Tuesday appearance on Fox News for the anticipated loss of President Donald Trump in the State of Georgia.
Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler defeated Republican Doug Collins in a special election in November to decide who would serve the remaining three years of Senator Johnny Isakson’s term. Isakson resigned for health reasons in 2019, prompting Kemp to appoint Loeffler to Isakson’s office. Since no primaries were held for the seat, the special election was held the same night as the presidential election.
In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Gaetz said that Kemp was more interested in the senate campaign than the presidential election. “I think it was more important for Brian Kemp,” Gaetz said, “that Kelly Loeffler beat Doug Collins than that Donald Trump beat Joe Biden. He could have gotten that Collins-Loeffler into the primary earlier. Then we would have had a more unified Republican party, but in a close election these things really matter. And [Kemp] did not put us in the best position to win.
Washington Newsday asked Governor Kemp in his office for a comment.
Gaetz claimed that as Georgia’s chief election official, Kemp should have acted earlier to preserve electoral integrity. In Florida, postal ballots can be tabulated as early as September. Gaetz said Florida’s policies ensure that there is no “unknown universe of ballots” that would allow a Democratic candidate to “tilt the ballots into the back of the room at about 4:00 a.m. in the middle of the night”.
A week after election day, postal ballots are still tabulated in Georgia. Information from the Associated Press points to a close race between Trump and President-Elect Joe Biden. The narrow margin between Biden and Trump – 49.5 percent to 49.3 percent – has led many observers to believe that a recount is inevitable. The Associated Press has not named a likely winner for Georgia.
Loeffler and his colleague, GOP Senator David Perdue, have publicly called for the resignation of Georgia’s Republican Foreign Minister, Brad Raffensperger. In a joint statement released on Monday, Loeffler and Perdue claimed that Raffensperger “failed to hold honest and transparent elections.
Raffensperger responded on Monday with a statement in which he said his resignation would “not take place.
“The voters of Georgia hired me,” Raffensperger added, “and the voters will be the ones who fire me.
Trump’s recount team, led by Doug Collins, has requested that the ballots cast in the state be recounted by hand before the state releases certified tabulation results. In a letter to Raffensperger on Tuesday, Collins said that the manual recount would serve to “restore transparency in the counting of ballots that did not exist before.
In response to the Trump campaign’s request, Raffensperger told WXIA on Tuesday that the manual recount of the approximately 5 million ballots submitted could take more than two weeks.