The Atlanta Journal Constitution struck a blow on Wednesday with Georgia Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue accusing Republicans of attacking the state’s pre-runoff election system for their crucial seats in the upper house.
The Journal-Constitution op-ed said that the senators “did not give any details” when they asked Georgia’s Republican Foreign Minister, Brad Raffensperger, to resign for alleged “failures.
The newspaper also said that the statements of Loeffler and Perdue should be “unacceptable” to the Georgians, arguing that their behavior and comments in the run-up to their senatorial elections were “reckless” and “dangerous.
“Ruthless hardly begins to touch what Perdue and Loeffler did. Without giving reasons, they have attacked Georgia’s electoral system,” the editorial said. “This is a dangerous behavior in this tense moment, both for this state and for the nation watching this risky sideshow”.
The Journal-Constitution added that it saw “no evidence” that Georgia or Raffensperger had failed to hold “honest” elections in 2020.
“It is clear to us that Perdue and Loeffler are now beginning the next, certainly brutal, round of political struggles that will continue until the runoff election in January. Given that Georgia is now a state in play, it is expected that both Democratic and Republican candidates will be much more aggressive in their candidacies for office,” the newspaper said.
“Nevertheless, there must be ethical standards of conduct that dictate lines of reasonableness – and these lines should not be violated”.
Washington Newsday has asked the Loeffler and Perdue campaigns to comment.
Republican senators issued a joint statement on Monday, calling on Raffensperger to resign, arguing that he “failed to conduct honest and transparent elections.
“There have been too many failures in Georgia’s elections this year, and the recent election has shed a national light on the problems,” lawmakers said. “Although the blame certainly lies with others, the ultimate responsibility lies with the Foreign Minister. The mismanagement and lack of transparency on the part of the foreign minister is unacceptable”.
Perdue and Loeffler added that the Republican “has let the Georgian people down”.
Raffensperger refused to resign, saying that this “would not happen” until the Georgians elected him out of office. He also called the complaints made by the senators “ridiculous” because he defended the state electoral system.