Georgia Republicans turn on GOP Gov. Brian Kemp: He ‘will be primaried’

Georgia Republicans turn on GOP Gov. Brian Kemp: He ‘will be primaried’
Image via Screengrab.

Georgia Republicans were already unhappy with Gov. Brian Kemp, and his refusal to interfere in President Donald Trump's election loss may have been the last straw.

Trump claims credit for Kemp's election win two years ago, but he and other Republicans have withdrawn their support after the governor has declined to get involved in the president's efforts to overturn his loss to Joe Biden in Georgia and other states, reported The Daily Beast.

"[Kemp] will be primaried," said Kay Godwin, the chair of the Pierce County GOP. "Just hoping and praying we get the right one this time."

Some Republicans in the state remain irked that Kemp appointed Kelly Loeffler to an open Senate seat last year instead of Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), and the dual runoff elections Jan. 4 to decide both of the state's Senate seats has inflamed intra-party tensions.

"You should have done something," said former state GOP chair Rusty Paul. "That's the mindset people have right now, that [Kemp] should have been more engaged. That's a tough position to be in. That's the same tough position that [Sen. David] Perdue and Loeffler find themselves in."

"Georgia is such a competitive state right now that simply winning the primary isn't enough anymore," Paul added. "You've got to have your eyes focused on the general election. You can't go out and primary the governor and take him down, or the secretary of state or another incumbent, and just assume … that you're going to be successful in the general election."

Trump supporters in Georgia believe Kemp should have called a special legislative session to make changes to absentee voting, or somehow deny certification of Biden's win, and there's a movement afoot to remove him from office before 2022.

"We are committed to his removal," says one anti-Kemp website that does not reveal its funder. "Recall? Impeachment? Primarying him?"

Many Georgia Republicans buy into the president's baseless fraud allegations, and they're waiting for Kemp to validate them.

"I will have to wait and see how all this plays out," said Scott Jay, chair of the Newton County GOP. "I'll vote based upon actions, upon results. He can show me solid results in a conservative manner moving forward, he may regain my vote."

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

Close