Georgia GOP Senators Loeffler and Perdue Demand Republican Sec of State Resign, Alleging Lack of Election Transparency as Trump Claims Fraud

 

Ahead of their runoff elections which are likely to determine control of the Senate, Georgia’s two Republican Senators are throwing an election official from their own party under the bus in an apparent effort to indulge President Donald Trump’s baseless voter fraud conspiracies.

In a joint statement, Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) thoroughly bashed Georgia’s secretary of state Brad Raffensperger — who is a Republican.

“The mismanagement and lack of transparency from the Secretary of State is unacceptable,” the senators claimed, in their statement. “Honest elections are paramount to the foundation of our democracy. The Secretary of State has failed to deliver honest and transparent elections.”

They added, “He has failed the people of Georgia, and he should step down immediately.”

Numerous election observers say that the opposite is true — that, in fact, Georgia has actually been the most transparent state in reporting its results:

The senators also said that “every legal vote should be counted” — which matches up with President Trump’s evidence-free claims of impropriety. Loeffler and Purdue, in their statements, did not provide any specific examples of fraud or lack of transparency.

On Jan. 5, Loffler will face off against Rev. Raphael Warnock, and Perdue will face Jon Ossoff in runoff elections for the state’s two senate seats. It is projected that if both Democrats win those races, the Senate would have a 50-50 split — giving Democrats control of the chamber as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would break any tie votes.

Raffensperger responded to the senators with a scathing statement of his own (via Greg Bluestein of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

“Let me start by saying that is not going to happen,” Raffensperger said. “The voters of Georgia hired me, and the voters will be the one to fire me.”

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