'Embarrassing': Georgia Republican Raffensperger scorches GOP senators as the party devolves into infighting
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) is firing back at Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue (R-Ga.). for reportedly requesting data that has already been made "publicly available" by his office.
On Wednesday, Dec. 15, Raffensperger released a statement criticizing Loeffler and Perdue's demand for a new list of Georgia voter registrations. In his tweet, he explained why the requests are far worse than just "embarrassing."
"As embarrassing as it is for Sens. Perdue & Loeffler not to know that the data they want is already publicly available from the Secretary of State, it's even worse that they're not aware their own campaigns already have the data they're looking for," he said.
As embarrassing as it is for Sens. Perdue & Loeffler not to know that the data they want is already publicly availa… https://t.co/1PXftT5NgU— GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger)1608054723.0
He went on to note that early voting for the Georgia runoff is already underway. However, he did insist that the senators can still contact their respective offices and advise their campaigns to govern themselves accordingly.
Raffensperger added, "Early voting has already started but it's not too late for them to call their offices and get their campaigns in order."
Early voting has already started but it’s not too late for them to call their offices and get their campaigns in order.— GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger)1608054723.0
Raffensperger's remarks come just days after Loeffler and Perdue released a joint statement claiming the lists were not released even one week after the voter registration deadline. the lists were not released even one week after the voter registration deadline. The two incumbents, whose runoff election will determine the fate of the Senate, also criticized Raffensperger's office saying the so-called delayed release is "totally unacceptable."
"It's been one week since the voter registration deadline passed and the secretary of state has failed to compile and release a final list of newly registered voters," Loeffler and Perdue said in a joint statement. "This is totally unacceptable – the deadline for new voter registration was Dec. 7, 2020. In-person early voting starts today, and the public remains without a full accounting of who is registered and who may attempt to cast a ballot in the runoff."
The senators added, "This lack of transparency needs to be rectified immediately, or the integrity of our elections will remain threatened," the senators continued. "Georgians demand transparency, accountability and accuracy in our elections process – and the secretary of state is failing to provide it in a timely manner."
Raffensperger became a target for Loeffler and Perdue, as well as other Republicans tightly aligned with Trump, as the president raged at the secretary of state over his election loss. Though he has been unable to come up with any credible reason the election should be overturned, Trump has launched a series of false attacks at Raffensperger and others in an effort to discredit the results. Some Republicans fear that the infighting in the party could damage its chances at keeping the Senate seats in the upcoming race.
The Georgia runoff is scheduled for January 5.
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