Party in-fighting erupts among Georgia Republicans

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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.”

The complete statement from Georgia Republicans and Senators Perdue and Loeffler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raffensperger’s Response

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.”

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R)

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.”

Senator Loeffler hosts meet and greet

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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.Senator Blackburn introduced Senator Loeffler at meet and greet.

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.”

“Freedom is why” Marjorie Green speaks to Whitfield GOP

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Marjorie Taylor Green spoke to Whitfield County Republicans Tuesday night.

Protecting all freedoms, from faith to press, was Marjorie Taylor Greene’ told Whitfield County Republicans to cherish their freedom at Tuesday’s GOP meeting. Green is the Republican candidate for the 14th Congressional district.

“Freedom is why we have so many people trying to come into America illegally,” she said. “It’s not for socialism.”

She told the packed GOP office in Dalton that she has lived the proverbial American Dream, from being the first in her family to graduate from college, to opening her own business and making is successful, to taking over the family’s construction company.

“I”m thrilled to be a mother of three with the freedom to teach them from my faith and how to work hard,” she said.

She cautioned those in attendance that those freedoms were endangered by the Democratic party. She squares off against Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal on the Nov. 3 ballot.

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Dianne Putnam, Chairman for the Whitfield County Republican party, talks to guest as they arrive to hear Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican candidate for the 14th Congressional Distrcit.

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“If we don’t flip the house and keep the senate, they will push the Green New Deal through,” she said. “They are planning to do that fast.”

Greene referred to the 110-page document created by a joint Joe Biden-Bernie Sanders task force recommending “combating the climate crisis and pursuing environmental justice.”

“The Green New Deal will kill the oil industry,” Greene warned. “Look at California

She added that also high on Biden’s list, if elected, is taking the country back under the Paris Climate Accord and the Iran nuclear deal.

“We don’t like pollution, but more taxes won’t fix it,” she said. “And they want us to have a deal with a country that yells ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel.'”

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“We need good guys with guns.”

She continued to tell supporters that the Second Amendment would be protected. She told them her high school was a gun-free zone, an effort pushed by then-Congressman Biden, when a fellow classmate, broke down after being bullied, and brought three guns to school and took control of the class.

“I was afraid and the government is not going to tell me how many guns or how much ammo I need to protect my family,” she said. “We didn’t have a good-guy with a gun in my school. We need good guys with guns.”

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Joshua Abernathy, of Chatsworth, signs into the meeting. He worked on Greene’s campaign, knocking on doors over Whitfield and Murray counties.

“Abortion is the most evil lie”

She took a more compassionate approach to women who have had abortion.

“I do not judge them. I believe when a woman makes that choice, she is in crisis,” she said. “I do judge our government for selling the most evil of lies to women in crisis. They are telling these women that a baby will get in the way and prevent them from accomplishing their goals and dreams. My kids are my reason why.”

She said the problem, besides government funding abortions and Planned Parenthood, was that abortions cost $400 compared to adoptions, which can range up to $40,000.

“We have to do better,” she said.

“Freedom of press is a gift.”

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Greene spoke to members of the Whitfield County Republicans.

“Our freedom of press is a gift, a beautiful gift,” she said. But, there were some things she said that the conservatives were tired of. Speaking openly to a New York Times reporter at the event, she said “We don’t like the far left media. We’re also tired of the Russian collusion”

She stressed she was glad the reporter was there, but added “We know the mainstream media is the mouthpiece of the Democratic party.”

Green urged the media to understand that conservatives are able to read non-bias news, do their own research and judge the information given. “We are smart.”

In closing, Greene said the federal government needed to be reminded they were owned by the regular people.

“We need a congress that works for the people from both sides,” she said. “I’ll remind congress who they work for.”

Early voting

Early voting starts Oct. 12 and the last day to register to vote is Oct. 5. October 24 is the only Saturday for early voting.

KELLY LOEFFLER, A CANDIDATE FOR  SENATE, TALKS TO SUPPORTERS AT CHEROKEE BREWERY AND PIZZA.

 

 

 

 

August 11 runoff statewide election returns

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NORTH GEORGIA – Find out who won their August 11 runoff races with the district-wide returns for state and federal races in the FYN coverage area. FYN will update with the unofficial winners as soon as results come in. Please remember these election returns are unofficial until certified.

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Representatives

State Representative District 1 – 100% reporting

Republican

PROJECTED WINNER: Mike Cameron – 56.35%

John Deffenbaugh – 43.65%

State Representative District 9 – 100% reporting

Republican

Steve Liebel – 33.27%

PROJECTED WINNER: Will Wade – 66.73%

State Representative District 10 – 100% reporting

Republican

PROJECTED WINNER: Victor Anderson – 61.38% 

Robert Crumley – 38.62%

SENATORS

State Senator District 50 – 100% reporting

Republican

Stacy Hall – 49.93%

Bo Hatchett – 50.07%

FEDERAL

Ninth District U.S. Congress – 95% reporting

Republican 

PROJECTED WINNER: Andrew Clyde – 56.28 %

Matt Gurtler – 43.72%

Democrat

PROJECTED WINNER: Devin Pandy – 68.38%

Brooke Siskin – 31.62%

14th District U.S. Congress – 75% reporting

Republican

John Cowan  – 42.98%

PROJECTED WINNER: Marjorie Greene – 57.02%

 

The General Election is scheduled for November 3 as well as the jungle primary for Senator Kelly Loeffler’s seat.

See the entire state’s election returns on the Secretary of State’s website.

Run-off candidates make final plea at Union GOP headquarters opening

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BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Union County GOP celebrated the grand opening of its new headquarters in the Graystone Building with several Republican 2020 candidates in attendance.

State Senator Steve Gooch, Georgia District 8 Representative and Congressional District Nine run-off candidate Matt Gurtler, Congressional District Nine run-off candidate Andrew Clyde, Congressman Doug Collins’ daughter Jordan Collins, along with other Collins’ campaign representatives, State Senator John Wilkinson, and Public Service District Four Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald were all in attendance.

“Great to be out here today, only a few more days to go to the election. It’s great to see so many people out here,” stated Rep. Gurtler. “I appreciate everybody’s support, get out there, and vote on Tuesday.”

He added that around 40,000 people have already voted in the Ninth District, and they expect another 40,000 on Tuesday.

Gurtler’s competition Andrew Clyde arrived at the event a little later. Fetch Your News spoke with him about his feelings leading up to Tuesday’s run-off.

Gurtler kept it brief and asked for support on Tuesday.

“We’re excited. We think we’re going to win. We think it’s going to be a tight race. We may not have results based on absentee ballots, so it depends on when they actually count them,” Clyde said.

The larger counties, such as Hall and Forsyth, took longer to finalize results in the Georgia Primary. The potential delay could delay a presumptive winner announcement.

When asked about “China Clyde” and democratic donor attack ads, Clyde responded, “It’s all false. Just like all the others, they say fact one, fact two, fact three, it should say lie one, lie two, lie three… I think they say, ‘spends $54,000 to defeat President Trump,’ and they cite a contribution to Republican Candidate Ted Cruz in the Primary.”

In the 2016 primary, Clyde supported Cruz like 40,000 others in the Ninth District.

“Ted Cruz didn’t win. President Trump did. He got the nomination, and so we coalesce around our nominee,” Clyde affirmed. “We support him, and I have supported him since he became the nominee.”

Clyde added that bought and made Trump 2020 signs himself. To his knowledge, he was the first person in the state of Georgia to put up Trump reelection signage.

As for Super-PACs spending money in the Ninth District, Clyde made a definitive statement, “They’re trying to convince Georgian’s what to do. I don’t need them. I don’t think the Ninth District needs them. I just need the Ninth District.”

Pictured on Left Public Service Commissioner Bubba McDonald and Right Ninth District Candidate Andrew Clyde.

Super-PAC Club for Growth has endorsed the Gurtler campaign and produced several anti-Clyde advertisements.

From now until November, the new headquarters on Hwy. 515 will offer information about Republican candidates running for office. Additionally, it features a party store where people can pick up, Trump campaign merchandise, masks, hats, flags, t-shirts, and more. Prices range from $20 to $5. Candidate signs and bumper stickers will also be available.

“Everybody ready to get this Trump rally started this Fall?” asked State Senator Gooch to a round of applause and shouts. He continued by focusing on party unity, which will be necessary after Tuesday’s August 11 run-off.

“We work for victory in November. We’ve got a job to do, not just for Union County or the Ninth Congressional

District, but all over the state of Georgia. The Liberal Democrats are trying to take back control of the house and the senate in our General Assembly…We cannot let that happen. We’ve got to work together. We’ve got to move forward as a family after Tuesday night,” expressed Gooch.

He added that the Democrat party of Governor Zell Miller no longer exists because the Liberals hijacked it.

State Senator Gooch started the process of reconciliation after an intense primary and run-off season.

“We need to fight this year, fight stronger than we’ve ever fought,” Gooch ended.

Union County GOP President Dena Gooch explained that they were looking for a place when Blairsville local Frank Pack offered the space. A lot of work went into preparing the office for GOP use, including a new coat of paint and good old fashioned elbow grease.

As for upcoming Republican Party events, Towns County GOP will be having another Trump Armada on August 29. On September 26, Towns GOP will be hosting a Back the Blue Appreciation Ceremony and Caravan. They will travel from Towns County to Union County, and anyone can join.

Check out all the photos from the grand opening, here.

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