Saturday afternoon at Jekyll Island, Georgia Republicans passed a resolution to censure Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger because he defended the state’s election process and refused to take up former President Donald J. Trump’s grievances regarding the 2020 Presidential Election.
In the resolution, it claims Raffensperger and current Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan “denied that there was election fraud and punished Georgia Republican State Senators who asked for election audits.”
Raffensperger was censured for “dereliction of his Constitutional duty, and calls on Governor Brian Kemp and all elected officials to repair the damage that has been done and commit themselves to securing Georgia’s elections.”
The resolution did not explain what damages took place.
Earlier in the day, former President Trump released a video that did not mention Governor Kemp by name, while praising Georgia Republicans for forging ahead with re-litigating the 2020 Presidential Election.
Both Raffensperger and Lieutenant Governor Duncan did not attend the convention in Glynn County.
#BREAKING — The resolution to CENSURE Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger PASSES overwhelmingly at the GOP Republican State Convention at Jekyll Island.— The Atlanta Voice (@theatlantavoice) June 5, 2021
Raffensperger is charged with “dereliction of Constitutional Duty.”#GaPol #TheAtlantaVoice pic.twitter.com/ECcgxS75RB
It must be noted, Governor Kemp was facing a censure resolution, but he survived the measure.
Governor Kemp delivered a speech amid boos, claiming he is the only candidate capable of beating Democratic Party star, Stacey Abrams.
“We must be strong and courageous,” Kemp continued. “[Democrats] got Hollywood. They’ve got billionaires in New York and California. … That is why we have to be united as well and move forward together.”
The other candidate that believes he could beat Abrams is former State Representative, Democrat-turned-Republican from Lithonia, Vernon Jones. During his speech, the former DeKalb County CEO promised he’d be a law-and-order governor. Amid boisterous applause, Jones also said Republicans have run out of white conservatives to court, urging the party to attract people of color to their tent.
“Republicans, you’ve run out of white conservatives,” Jones said. “You’ve run out of them. There (are) none left.”
Jones also said he was not afraid to take on President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. He also had an attack line for Stacey Abrams:
“And Dorothy isn’t leading them from Kansas, they’re being led by that Wicked Witch from the South, Stacey Abrams,” he said.
Notably, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black entered the 2022 Senate race Friday. On his social media platforms, Black said, “Together, with one conservative vote, let’s restore Republican leadership to the Senate and save our country.”
Black, intends to take on Senator Reverend Raphael G. Warnock, if he survives the primary.
“Warnock and (President Joe) Biden promised to ‘fundamentally change America,’ ” Black told the delegates, The Marietta Daily Journal reported. “They’re five months into it and job growth and opportunity are down, inflation, debt and gas prices are up, (and) the Middle East is back at war.”
Before serving as Georgia’s Commissioner of Agriculture starting in 2010, Black led the Georgia Agribusiness Council. During his tenure, he has made “Georgia Grown” one of the most successful marketing efforts of its kind in the nation.
Also, Georgia State Sen. Bruce Thompson is beginning his campaign for commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor. Thompson is from White, Georgia, and he made the announcement Friday at the Georgia Republican Party state convention.
Each person who is running for state-wide office, promised to align themselves with former President Trump.
In an email to supporters Saturday morning, former President Donald Trump is planning a campaign-style rally in Georgia; the date and location still unknown. In the email announcing the rally, Trump’s campaign also asked for money and it’s raising some eyebrows.
His campaign describes the event as an “epic” rally in Georgia. There’s an online pitch for funds – called a “Georgia rally blitz.”