As one of several U.S. states to string out its ballot-counting process over several days, many prominent Republicans have denounced Georgia’s election as a chaotic mess.
That sentiment is apparently shared by both of the state’s GOP senators, as evidenced by their recent call for the ouster of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, as reported by Breitbart.
“An embarrassment for our state”
Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, both of whom face run-off elections in January against their respective Democratic opponents, offered their complaint in a joint statement, citing Raffensperger’s perceived “failures” and “mismanagement” of the 2020 elections.
At the heart of their concern are allegations of widespread ballot fraud and illegal voting amid what they claim was insufficient oversight by the secretary of state.
“The management of Georgia elections has become an embarrassment for our state,” the senators wrote. “Georgians are outraged, and rightly so.”
Perdue and Loeffler went on to reiterate their ongoing message that “every legal vote cast should be counted” and any “illegal vote must not,” stressing the need for “transparency and uniformity” in the process by which votes are tabulated.
“We believe when there are failures, they need to be called out — even when it’s in your own party,” the continued. “There have been too many failures in Georgia elections this year and the most recent election has shined a national light on the problems. While blame certainly lies elsewhere as well, the buck ultimately stops with the Secretary of State.”
“Paramount to the foundation of our democracy”
The statement concluded by calling Raffensperger’s performance “unacceptable” and seeking his resignation.
“Honest elections are paramount to the foundation of our democracy,” they wrote. “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.”
For his part, however, Raffensperger issued a defiant statement defending his role in managing the election process.
“Let me start by saying that is not going to happen,” he said in reference to the calls for his resignation. “The voters of Georgia hired me, and the voters will be the one to fire me. As Secretary of State, I’ll continue to fight every day to ensure fair elections in Georgia, that every legal vote counts, and that illegal votes don’t count.”
Raffensperger concluded with a not-so-subtle parting shot at the senators facing another election before securing their spot in the upcoming legislative session: “As a Republican, I am concerned about Republicans keeping the U.S. Senate. I recommend that Senators Loeffler and Perdue start focusing on that.”