Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) criticized Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia over the latter’s decision to appoint Republican donor and political newcomer Kelly Loeffler to replace retiring GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson.
“Brian Kemp forgot why he won his election,” the second-term Gaetz told “War Room: Impeachment,” a Newsman TV program hosted by Steve Bannon, Jason Miller, and Raheem Kassam. “He won because of Donald Trump.
“He was able to contrast capitalism with Stacy Abrams’ (above, left) form of socialism.
“But now, Kemp is so afraid of Stacey Abrams that he thinks that picking this WNBA owner out of the party of Davos is going to somehow persuade people in the Atlanta suburbs to like Kemp more than they do now,” Gaetz said.
Kemp won a bruising 2018 election against Democratic challenger Abrams, who has since gone on to become a rising star in her party.
Loeffler (above right) is CEO of a company that trades and stores Bitcoin and is co-owner of the Atlanta Dream WNBA team.
Republicans have been pushing Kemp to name Rep. Doug Collins to Isakson’s seat because he is a staunch conservative and ally of President Trump.
The president, who campaigned for Kemp, also has urged the governor to appoint Collins.
“It’s so frustrating,” Gaetz said, “to see people like Kemp, who are the beneficiaries of the president’s good political fortune and good political charity and gratitude, turn on him like this.”
Collins has publicly left open the door that he may run against Loeffler next year when the seat goes up for an open-to-all special election to fulfill the remaining two years on the term.
Also on the ballot will be Republican Sen. David Perdue, another vocal Trump defender.
Republicans still dominate in Georgia but Democrats have made inroads in the state in recent years.