ATLANTA, Ga – Republican Senators David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) trade barbs concerning the integrity of Georgia’s election process.
In a joint statement, Perdue and Loeffler requested the resignation of Raffensperger, citing “the management of Georgia’s elections has become an embarrassment for our state” and failure to deliver honest elections.
However, the statement lists zero evidence of voter fraud or specific examples of the Secretary of State’s election failures. The Georgia Republicans and Senators are both in separate January 5, 2021 runoffs. Perdue is facing Democrat challenger Jon Ossoff. Loeffler is in contention against Democrat Raphael Warnock.
The statement goes on to address that every legal vote should be counted and for transparency in the county process.
“We believe where there are failures, they need to be called out – even when it’s in your own party. There have been too many failures in Georgia elections this year and the most recent election shined a national light on the problems.”
In a rebuttal statement, Raffensperger asserts that he has no intention of resigning, “the voters of Georgia hired me, and the voters will be the one to fire me.”
The Secretary of State lists the facts pertaining to the November 3 election and the days following. Almost five million Georgians cast ballots in this election. 75 percent voted in person, and 25 percent voted no-excuse absentee ballot. The no-excuse absentee law was passed by a Republican legislature with support from Speaker David Ralston and signed by then-Governor Sonny Perdue.
Senator Perdue received more votes from Georgians than President Trump, and the president garnered the most votes ever for the Republican presidential candidate in Georgia.
The Secretary of State’s office is and will be investigating any “specific allegations of illegal voting.” It also has a monitor in Fulton County, “one of the longtime problem Democrat-run counties.”
“I care about counting each and every legal vote… and assuring that illegal votes won’t be counted,” Raffensperger added.
He agrees that illegal voting probably occurred in Georgia, but not to the extent, or margin necessary, to change the presidential race outcome.
Concerning the lack of transparency charge, he directed attention to the daily, sometimes twice daily, press conferences and hourly number updates.
Raffensperger alludes to problems with federal law when it comes to maintaining “clean voter rolls.”
“Federal law, not state law, is what allows people to register to vote before a runoff even if they weren’t registered in for the general election. Now that Senators Perdue and Loeffler are concerned about elections, hopefully, they can fix these federal laws.”
Secretary of State ends with a promise to do his duty as an elected official and is concerned about Republicans maintaining the U.S. Senate. He suggests that Perdue and Loeffler “focus on that.”
Statement from Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger pic.twitter.com/Sf1JIWH5qg
— GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) November 9, 2020
On Oct. 2, Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler and Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn hosted a meet and greet at Black Diamond Grill. Both Senators were behind schedule – planned to start at noon – due to getting tested for COVID-19 prior to their arrival.
Both. Loeffler and Blackburn had been in contact with President Trump in recent days. Both senators’ tests came back as negative. Loeffler’s goal for her campaign and the upcoming election is to shake up the status quo as a businesswoman.
Blackburn –who introduced Loeffler – said since Trump has been in office, the economy has grown as well as the strength of the country. It will continue to grow with the leadership of figures like Trump and Loeffler, according to Blackburn.
“This country is coming back because with Donald Trump and Republican leadership, we can do this again and we will,” Blackburn said.
Loeffler said Washington is in need of more businesspeople like herself and Trump. Her fight for the Georgian’s will not stop, according to Loeffler.
“There’s nothing that the radical left fears more than a strong, conservative businesswoman, so I am proud to stand by you,” Loeffler said. “The radical left is working overtime to take away our freedoms, our opportunities, our way of life here in Georgia. They’re trying to get outsiders, like myself, like President Trump out of Washington but we’re not going to let them.”
Loeffler’s campaign is based on the American Dream and to continue to fight for it. Loeffler has focused on her core values of pro-life, pro-second amendment and holding China accountable.
“I have stood up to the radical left’s cancel culture and I’ve drawn the line and said we will not be canceled; we will not be silenced. I’m going to be that voice for every single Georgian who feels like they can’t speak out,” Loeffler said. “I am working for you…for all Georgian’s.”
Protecting all freedoms, from faith to press, was Marjorie Taylor Greene’ told Whitfield County Republicans to cherish their freedom at Tuesday’s GOP meeting. Green is the Republican candidate for the 14th Congressional district.
“Freedom is why we have so many people trying to come into America illegally,” she said. “It’s not for socialism.”
She told the packed GOP office in Dalton that she has lived the proverbial American Dream, from being the first in her family to graduate from college, to opening her own business and making is successful, to taking over the family’s construction company.
“I”m thrilled to be a mother of three with the freedom to teach them from my faith and how to work hard,” she said.
She cautioned those in attendance that those freedoms were endangered by the Democratic party. She squares off against Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal on the Nov. 3 ballot.
Green New Deal and other Democrat
“If we don’t flip the house and keep the senate, they will push the Green New Deal through,” she said. “They are planning to do that fast.”
Greene referred to the 110-page document created by a joint Joe Biden-Bernie Sanders task force recommending “combating the climate crisis and pursuing environmental justice.”
“The Green New Deal will kill the oil industry,” Greene warned. “Look at California
She added that also high on Biden’s list, if elected, is taking the country back under the Paris Climate Accord and the Iran nuclear deal.
“We don’t like pollution, but more taxes won’t fix it,” she said. “And they want us to have a deal with a country that yells ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel.'”
WATCH MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE’S SPEECH AT THE WHITFIELD COUNTY REPUBLICANS MEETING
“We need good guys with guns.”
She continued to tell supporters that the Second Amendment would be protected. She told them her high school was a gun-free zone, an effort pushed by then-Congressman Biden, when a fellow classmate, broke down after being bullied, and brought three guns to school and took control of the class.
“I was afraid and the government is not going to tell me how many guns or how much ammo I need to protect my family,” she said. “We didn’t have a good-guy with a gun in my school. We need good guys with guns.”
“Abortion is the most evil lie”
She took a more compassionate approach to women who have had abortion.
“I do not judge them. I believe when a woman makes that choice, she is in crisis,” she said. “I do judge our government for selling the most evil of lies to women in crisis. They are telling these women that a baby will get in the way and prevent them from accomplishing their goals and dreams. My kids are my reason why.”
She said the problem, besides government funding abortions and Planned Parenthood, was that abortions cost $400 compared to adoptions, which can range up to $40,000.
“We have to do better,” she said.
“Freedom of press is a gift.”
“Our freedom of press is a gift, a beautiful gift,” she said. But, there were some things she said that the conservatives were tired of. Speaking openly to a New York Times reporter at the event, she said “We don’t like the far left media. We’re also tired of the Russian collusion”
She stressed she was glad the reporter was there, but added “We know the mainstream media is the mouthpiece of the Democratic party.”
Green urged the media to understand that conservatives are able to read non-bias news, do their own research and judge the information given. “We are smart.”
In closing, Greene said the federal government needed to be reminded they were owned by the regular people.
“We need a congress that works for the people from both sides,” she said. “I’ll remind congress who they work for.”
Early voting starts Oct. 12 and the last day to register to vote is Oct. 5. October 24 is the only Saturday for early voting.
GORDON COUNTY, Ga – The polls have closed for the August 11 runoff election. To review the unofficial election returns for your local, state, and federal races, check out the list below. Please remember all the results are unofficial until certified by the Secretary of State.
Precincts: 100% reporting
U.S. House of Representatives District 14
John Cowan – 2,604
Marjorie Greene – 2,857
To see the state election returns, click here. This article contains the overall race winner and identified runoffs for State House, State Senate, U.S. House, and U.S. Senate in FYN’s coverage area.
The General Election is scheduled for November 3 as well as the jungle primary for Senator Kelly Loeffler’s seat.