Georgia GOP asked David Perdue not to run against Brian Kemp in governor's race: report

Georgia GOP asked David Perdue not to run against Brian Kemp in governor's race: report
David Perdue speaking at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Gage Skidmore

The Georgia Republican Party Former has reportedly asked Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) not to run against Gov. Brian Kemp (R), a new report confirms, according to multiple reports.

On Wednesday, December 15, reports began circulating about the letter. A total of c25 out of 34 Senate Republican lawmakers signed on in support of the appeal to Perdue as they asked him to join them in support of Kemp's re-election.

"We are asking you to join us in fully supporting and endorsing Governor Brian Kemp for re-election. Governor Kemp has led Georgia to the est economic time in history while navigating us through the pandemic better than all other states," the letter reads.
"Our GOP and state must be unified behind our Governor with a positive message to keep Georgiaconservative and moving forward. Please consider this an open invitation to hear from us personally in more detail."

Despite the party's request, according to Axios, Perdue has rejected the party's appeal for him to drop out of the race. He also shared his reaction to the request from members of his political party. “This is what career politicians do,” Perdue said. “They think that endorsements among each other can elbow an outsider out of a race.”

“People who vote don’t care about that,” he continued. “You know who cares about that? Career politicians.”

Now, top-ranking Georgia Republicans are responding to Perdue's push back. "We want to unify our GOP and focus on winning in November 2022," Georgia state Sen. John Albers said.

“We hold Sen. Perdue in the highest regard and always will, and wish that he had responded to us in the same manner in which we originally engaged with him," Senate Majority Leader Mike Dugan (R) also said.

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