Georgia Republicans are at war and it doesn’t make any sense.
Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) is facing off with Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) in a special Senate election in 2020 (Loeffler was appointed to serve in January after Sen. Johnny Isakson retired).
Loeffler’s latest attack in an increasingly bitter primary came on the night of August 13 when Loeffler slammed Collins for supporting Mitt Romney for president in 2012.
“.@CollinsforGA This you?” Loeffler tweeted, alongside photos from Collins’ Facebook account, showing posts from October of 2012 professing his support for Romney.
The attack is baffling, because Romney was the Republican nominee for president in 2012. While he has fallen out of favor with the party with the rise of Donald Trump, Romney was the choice of the majority of Republican voters in 2012 and by October of that year had officially been named the party’s standard-bearer at the 2012 convention.
Romney would go on to be defeated by President Barack Obama, leading to Obama’s second presidential term.
The bizarre attack from Loeffler appears to be a misfire in an attempt to attract the support of Trump-loving conservatives. Loeffler herself donated at least $1.5 million to help elect Romney.
Romney voted to remove Donald Trump after he was impeached by the House of Representatives for abusing his office. Loeffler voted along with a majority of Senate Republicans to protect Trump and keep him in office despite his offenses against the U.S. Constitution.
Collins has been a staunch defender of Trump’s crimes and voted in the minority in the House against impeaching Trump.
Recent polling has shown a close race with Collins within 2 percentage points of Loeffler.
Loeffler has been under fire after it was revealed she traded on stocks before the pandemic was a known threat to the general public.
Loeffler also attracted controversy for attacking the Black Lives Matter movement (she is the part owner of the Atlanta Dream WNBA team). Members of the Dream recently came out in support of Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat who is also running in the race.