Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Georgia on Friday to help rally support for Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) ahead of the vitally important Senate runoff races on Jan. 5.
Loeffler, as well as Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, were forced to cancel planned appearances at the rally after a tragic car accident Friday morning that resulted in the death of Loeffler campaign aide Harrison Deal, who was also a close friend of the Kemp family, The Hill reported.
Condolences and mourning
In response to the horrific tragedy that claimed the life of 20-year-old Deal, Loeffler posted a thread of tweets that read: “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we mourn the loss of Harrison Deal. My heart aches for his family, and Jeff and I will continue to surround them in love and prayer in the days ahead. Harrison was a beloved member of our campaign team.”
She continued, “More importantly, Harrison was a smart, bright, loving, loyal and outstanding young man. Harrison embodied the very best of this campaign — and the very best of our state. We will forever cherish and honor Harrison’s memory, and I ask every Georgian to join us in praying for his family during this difficult time.”
Deal was also close with Gov. Kemp’s family and three daughters, prompting the release of a statement from the governor as well as a Christmas photo featuring Deal with the entire Kemp family.
“Today, we lost a member of our ‘Kemp Strong’ family and words cannot express how much Harrison Deals’ life, love and support meant to us,” Kemp said.
He continued, “He was a person of deep faith, unmatched integrity, and incredible kindness. Harrison was the Kemp son and brother we never had.”
Accident under investigation
Condolences were also offered up by Loeffler’s colleague Sen. Perdue, who revealed in his own series of posts on Twitter that Deal had previously been an intern in his Atlanta office in 2019.
“Harrison was a smart, kind young man with a bright future ahead of him, and he is gone too soon,” Perdue wrote. “We are praying for his parents, Curt and Jenni Deal, and his sisters, Hannah and Halli. I ask the people of Georgia to join us in keeping the entire Deal family in their hearts on this terrible day.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Deal was killed in a multi-vehicle crash about 12 miles west of Savannah, where the Pence rally was set to be held later that day.
It is unclear what caused the three-vehicle pileup but police are investigating the incident. The other individuals involved in the accident reportedly suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
God willing, the family and friends of Deal will find comfort and solace in this time and be able to grieve his loss while cherishing and celebrating his life.