ATLANTA, Ga – Republican Senators David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) trade barbs concerning the integrity of Georgia’s election process.
In a joint statement, Perdue and Loeffler requested the resignation of Raffensperger, citing “the management of Georgia’s elections has become an embarrassment for our state” and failure to deliver honest elections.
However, the statement lists zero evidence of voter fraud or specific examples of the Secretary of State’s election failures. The Georgia Republicans and Senators are both in separate January 5, 2021 runoffs. Perdue is facing Democrat challenger Jon Ossoff. Loeffler is in contention against Democrat Raphael Warnock.
The statement goes on to address that every legal vote should be counted and for transparency in the county process.
“We believe where there are failures, they need to be called out – even when it’s in your own party. There have been too many failures in Georgia elections this year and the most recent election shined a national light on the problems.”
In a rebuttal statement, Raffensperger asserts that he has no intention of resigning, “the voters of Georgia hired me, and the voters will be the one to fire me.”
The Secretary of State lists the facts pertaining to the November 3 election and the days following. Almost five million Georgians cast ballots in this election. 75 percent voted in person, and 25 percent voted no-excuse absentee ballot. The no-excuse absentee law was passed by a Republican legislature with support from Speaker David Ralston and signed by then-Governor Sonny Perdue.
Senator Perdue received more votes from Georgians than President Trump, and the president garnered the most votes ever for the Republican presidential candidate in Georgia.
The Secretary of State’s office is and will be investigating any “specific allegations of illegal voting.” It also has a monitor in Fulton County, “one of the longtime problem Democrat-run counties.”
“I care about counting each and every legal vote… and assuring that illegal votes won’t be counted,” Raffensperger added.
He agrees that illegal voting probably occurred in Georgia, but not to the extent, or margin necessary, to change the presidential race outcome.
Concerning the lack of transparency charge, he directed attention to the daily, sometimes twice daily, press conferences and hourly number updates.
Raffensperger alludes to problems with federal law when it comes to maintaining “clean voter rolls.”
“Federal law, not state law, is what allows people to register to vote before a runoff even if they weren’t registered in for the general election. Now that Senators Perdue and Loeffler are concerned about elections, hopefully, they can fix these federal laws.”
Secretary of State ends with a promise to do his duty as an elected official and is concerned about Republicans maintaining the U.S. Senate. He suggests that Perdue and Loeffler “focus on that.”
Statement from Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger pic.twitter.com/Sf1JIWH5qg
— GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) November 9, 2020
On Oct. 2, Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler and Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn hosted a meet and greet at Black Diamond Grill. Both Senators were behind schedule – planned to start at noon – due to getting tested for COVID-19 prior to their arrival.
Both. Loeffler and Blackburn had been in contact with President Trump in recent days. Both senators’ tests came back as negative. Loeffler’s goal for her campaign and the upcoming election is to shake up the status quo as a businesswoman.
Blackburn –who introduced Loeffler – said since Trump has been in office, the economy has grown as well as the strength of the country. It will continue to grow with the leadership of figures like Trump and Loeffler, according to Blackburn.
“This country is coming back because with Donald Trump and Republican leadership, we can do this again and we will,” Blackburn said.
Loeffler said Washington is in need of more businesspeople like herself and Trump. Her fight for the Georgian’s will not stop, according to Loeffler.
“There’s nothing that the radical left fears more than a strong, conservative businesswoman, so I am proud to stand by you,” Loeffler said. “The radical left is working overtime to take away our freedoms, our opportunities, our way of life here in Georgia. They’re trying to get outsiders, like myself, like President Trump out of Washington but we’re not going to let them.”
Loeffler’s campaign is based on the American Dream and to continue to fight for it. Loeffler has focused on her core values of pro-life, pro-second amendment and holding China accountable.
“I have stood up to the radical left’s cancel culture and I’ve drawn the line and said we will not be canceled; we will not be silenced. I’m going to be that voice for every single Georgian who feels like they can’t speak out,” Loeffler said. “I am working for you…for all Georgian’s.”
Wade’s plan will eliminate retirement taxes and recognize military training credentials for EMTs, paramedics, other medical professions
For Immediate Release
August 4, 2020
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(Dawsonville, GA) Will Wade, Republican candidate for State House, announced a plan today to
completely eliminate retirement taxes on veterans and allow military training credentials to be
applied to some essential medical professions.
Currently, 30 states have no taxes on military retirement benefits. Georgia is one of 13 states
with special provisions or other considerations for taxes on retirement pay. Wade’s plan would
completely eliminate these special provisions, giving Georgia veterans a clearer financial future.
“It’s time for Georgia to step up to the plate and get this done. The impact on our state budget
will be minimal. In the long run I believe this would help attract more veterans to our state be an
economic driver for our economy. We are lucky to have so many active duty military members
here already, let’s make sure they want to stay once their service has concluded,” Wade stated.
Wade’s second proposal comes as a response to nationwide shortages of doctors, nurses, and first
responders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, members of the military who have
received special training as combat medics, paramedics, and other medical professionals are
required to be retrained in order to work in those same professions in Georgia. Wade’s plan
would make sure that training is applied appropriately once their military service has concluded.
Wade said, “If you can perform as a combat medic under fire, there’s no reason you can’t
perform as a paramedic or EMT in Dawsonville or Dahlonega. Let’s make it as easy as possible
for our military members to transition from their military career to a successful career as a
civilian. This is just common sense.”
Wade is currently running to replace Rep. Kevin Tanner for State House District 9 in a runoff
election against local trial lawyer Steve Leibel. The primary election will be held August 11th.
LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga – The polls have closed for the June 9 General Primary. To review the unofficial election returns for your local races, see below. Please remember all the results are unofficial until certified by the Secretary of State.
Republican Chris Dockery 6,249 100% Presumptive winner
Republican Michael Young 6,237 100% Presumptive winner
Republican Stacy Jarrard 6,282 88,5% Presumptive winner
Jack Jones 815
Clerk of Superior Court
Republican Rita Harkins 6,266 100% Presumptive winner
Chief Magistrate Judge
Republican Randy Pruitt 7,373 100% Presumptive winner
Republican Michael Chastain 7,471 100% Presumptive winner
Board of Education District One
Republican Mera Turner 4,232 53.07% Presumptive winner
Ryan Scott 3,742 46.9%
Board of Education District Three
Republican Jim McClure 7,159 100% Presumptive winner
Republican John Gaston 6,292 100% Presumptive winner
Republican Jim Sheppard 6,315 100% Presumptive winner
State House District 9
Will Wade 1,902 27.89%
Doug Sherrill 1,686 24.62%
Steve Leibel 1,503 21.99%
Zack Tumlin 929 13.63%
Tyler Tolin 432 6.32%
Clint Smith 376 5.55%
Sharon Ravert 1,051 100% Presumptive winner
To see the state election returns, click here.
Run-off elections will be held on August 11 if needed. The General Election is scheduled for November 3 as well as the jungle primary for Senator Kelly Loeffler’s seat.