Internecine warfare is never pretty to watch.
When it is the Georgia Republican party at each other’s throats, however, Democrats may enjoy watching the battles from the sidelines with a mixture of schadenfreude and the anticipation of a weakened opposition in the upcoming battle for control of the Senate that runs straight through the state’s January runoff elections.
The conflict between the two incumbents representing the state in the U.S. Senate and Georgia’s GOP Secretary of State broke out into the open today when Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) called for the resignation of Sec. Brad Raffensperger, the person ultimately responsible for overseeing Georgia’s election and the subsequent ballot tallying.
Perdue and Loeffler both cited fraud and a lack of transparency during the vote-counting as the reasons for their vociferous call for the local official’s professional head, calling the state’s election proceedings an “embarrassment.”
“The Secretary of State has failed to deliver honest and transparent elections. He has failed the people of Georgia, and he should step down immediately,” the two Republican Senators said in a statement.
Secretary Raffensperger essentially responded along the lines of it’ll be a cold day in hell before they see him walking away from his responsibilities over their literally Trumped-up accusations.
“Let me start by saying that is not going to happen,” Raffensperger responded in a statement addressed to his turncoat Republican colleagues after receiving their demand.
“Was there illegal voting? I am sure there was. And my office is investigating all of it. Does it rise to the numbers or margin necessary to change the outcome to where President Trump is given Georgia’s electoral votes? That is unlikely,” he continued, deflating the hopes of deplorables across the country.
“I am the duly elected Secretary of State. One of my duties involves helping to run elections for all Georgia voters. I have taken that oath, and I will execute that duty and follow Georgia law.”
Raffensperger came armed with facts — a strategy long in disuse in the party during the Trump era — to rebut the potentially libelous accusations of incompetence that they had lodged against their fellow member of the GOP.
Calling the Georgia election with nearly 5 million ballots cast ” a success,” he claimed that the voting had been orderly and conducted as required under state law, with every credible charge of illegal activity fully investigated.
“We have put a monitor in at Fulton County … one of our longtime problem Democrat-run counties,” he asserted.
“As far as lack of transparency… we were literally putting releases of results up — at a minimum — hourly. I and my office have been holding daily or twice-daily briefings for the press to walk them through all the numbers. So that particular charge is laughable,” he continued.
With Donald Trump continuing to refuse to concede that he lost to now President-elect Joe Biden fair and square, it appears as if the Republican party is in danger of fracturing in fits of blame and recrimination in the wake of a previously deep-red state slowly turning blue.
Democrats can grab some popcorn and enjoy the fireworks as the accusations fly and the purges begin.
It couldn’t happen to a more appropriate bunch of people.
You can read Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s full statement in response to his fellow Republicans in the attachment below.
Full statement, it’s a long one: pic.twitter.com/POJX9euKOi
— Charlie Gile (@CharlieGileNBC) November 9, 2020
Original reporting by Sarah K. Burris at RawStory.
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