Republican Party officials in two deeply conservative districts have voted in recent days to reprimand Governor Brian Kemp and two other party leaders. This is a sign that the Georgia governor continues to encounter opposition from loyalists to former President Donald J. Trump and the President of the Administration’s possibility of a primary challenge for the next year.
In Whitfield County, in the northwest corner of the state, Republican officials unanimously voted to convict Mr. Kemp, saying he “did nothing” to help Mr. Trump after the November election.
“Because of Kemp’s betrayal of President Trump and his high unpopularity with the Trump GOP base, Kemp could cost the GOP the governor’s mansion because many Trump supporters have promised not to vote for Kemp under any circumstances,” the resolution said Acclimatization accepted.
A similar resolution was passed almost unanimously in Murray County, also in northern Georgia. It was rejected by only three of the dozen members present. Both districts also voted for Lt. Blame Governor Geoff Duncan and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
The resolutions have no binding authority over elected officials. Rather, party officials say their resolutions were designed to send a message to Mr Kemp and other Republican lawmakers that their jobs may be at risk.
“I would vote for Mickey Mouse before I became Kemp,” said Tony Abernathy, Murray County’s Republican Party chairman. “I know what I’ve got with Mickey Mouse. A RINO is useless.” RINO is the repellent acronym for Republicans in their name only.
After infuriating Mr Trump by defying his demands to overturn the state’s election results, Mr Kemp faced months of attack, protests and resistance from his party’s grassroots level. Conservatives like Mr Abernathy were particularly frustrated with Mr Kemp’s refusal to convene an electoral special session of the State House to examine the findings further. Mr Trump has encouraged Republicans to take revenge by dispatching a far-right loyalist to face Mr Kemp in the primary next year.
Mr Kemp and his aides saw the controversial electoral law passed by legislature last month, which the governor vigorously defended in dozens of public appearances, as a path to redemption within the party, although the new law adds new limits to the right to vote in Georgia.
Other counties-passed resolutions backed a bill passed in the Republican-controlled Statehouse that deprived Delta of a $ 35 million tax break on aviation fuel, and urged Georgians to boycott Major League baseball and allow corporations “Arousing” who criticized the electoral law.
“The Republican grassroots are furious,” said Debbie Dooley, a Conservative activist who helped disseminate draft resolutions and encouraged Trump supporters to attend local meetings. “These resolutions will let Governor Kemp, Lt. Governor Duncan, and Secretary of State Raffensperger know that we will work against them in the Republic primary next year.”