Perdue declares his candidacy to be Georgia’s governor. He argues that Kemp ‘caved’ to Abrams’
EXCLUSIVE Former Republican Senator David Perdue declared Monday his candidacy to be governor of Georgia, in an effort to defeat Stacey Abrams, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in the critical battleground state.
Perdue’s decision to run after months of being encouraged by President Donald Trump, creates an epic GOP primary battle against incumbent conservative governor. Brian Kemp has been facing the former president’s scorn for failing to overturn the 2020 Georgia election results for more than a year.
Perdue said in a statement and video that Abrams would smile, lie, and cheat to transform Georgia into her radical vision for a state that would more resemble California or New York.
Abrams, the rising star in the Democratic Party and a voting rights champion, launched last week a 2022 campaign to become governor. Georgia House Democratic leader and former Black woman governor candidate, Abrams narrowly lost to Kemp in 2018. She was the first Black woman to be nominated for a major party’s gubernatorial nomination.
“To fight back, we must be united. Perdue said that today’s divisions are due to Brian Kemp and Brad Raffensperger. He also attacked the Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger who was also criticized by Trump for not overturning Trump’s narrow defeat at Georgia. Trump-backed primary challenger, GOP Rep. Jody Haice, is also facing Raffensperger.
Perdue was a former chief executive officer of a corporation and was elected to the Senate in 2014. He was defeated by Jon Ossoff, a Democrat in Georgia’s Jan. 5 runoff elections. In the other contest, Rep. Kelly Loeffler was defeated by Raphael Warnock, a Democrat. This gave the Democrats the Senate majority.
“Look, Brian is my favorite. This isn’t about you. It’s simple. Perdue claimed that he has failed us all and can’t win in November.” He gave Joe Biden full reign and instead of protecting our elections, he gave in to Abrams. Imagine how different today would have been if Kemp had fought Abrams instead of Trump. Kemp gave in before the election, and today the country is paying the price.
Perdue seemed to be pointing toward a major overhaul of how Georgia elections are administered. Kemp quietly signed the law into 2019 The provisions were supported by Democrats and addressed concerns that were raised after Kemp’s victory over Abrams in 2018. Georgia’s legislature approved the law. It prevented county election officials from rejecting absentee votes due to mismatched signatures. It also stopped people being removed from the voting rolls for information that didn’t match government databases.
Perdue stated, “Let’s be very clear: over my dead body will it EVER give Stacy Abrams power over our elections again.”
The ex-senator stressed that “it’s now for a change” by arguing that “if our governor was ever going fight for us, wouldn’t he have already done it?”
“We are facing an unprecedented assault from the woke left in Georgia and throughout the country. We can’t continue to give in and comply with their demands. He stressed that Georgia must be protected and we must stand up for it.”
Cody Hall, a senior advisor to Kemp’s reelection campaign, said that Perdue “lost the United States Senate and brought last year’s skyrocketing inflation and open borders and woke cancel culture on the American people now wants the Georgia governor’s seat to be the national face for the radical left movement.”
“Perdue only wants to soothe his bruised ego. His campaign for the U.S Senate failed twice to inspire voters. “Governor Kemp has a track record of fighting radical leftists to put Georgians first. Perdue, on the other hand, is best known for ducking discussions, padding his stock portfolio during a Pandemic and losing winnable races,” Hall stated.
The announcement of Perdue was made by the Kemp-aligned outside organization Georgians First. It launched a digital advertising campaign and website highlighting “Perdue’s record for failure and self-enrichment.”
In an interview with Fox News last week, Kemp stated that David had told him he would support his campaign for governor. I will continue doing what I am doing until something else happens. “I can’t control the number of people who are entering the race.”
In apparent mockery of Perdue’s motivation for entering the race, Perdue said that he had been fighting for all these issues and that he would continue to fight. It doesn’t matter if someone else is interested in getting into the fight. You just need to ask them why.
Biden defeated Trump by just 12,000 votes from nearly five million Georgians. Georgia’s ballots were counted three ways: the original Election Day count; a mandatory hand recount; and the recount requested by Trump’s campaign. Trump, furious with Kemp’s failure to overturn the results, has repeatedly vowed to return home to Georgia to challenge Kemp.
Trump stated in a recent statement that “The MAGA base won’t vote for him” after his conduct regarding election integrity and two badly run elections for President and then two Senate seat. “But some good Republican, and some great Republican will get my endorsement and some good Republican WILL WIN!”
Recent polling by Trump’s political action committee ‘Save America’ suggested that Perdue might be the top candidate for the GOP primary next year with the backing of former president.
Trump has been pushing Perdue to challenge Kemp for the primary since early in 2018, when he said he would not run for the Senate in 2022. At a September rally held in Perry, Georgia, Trump pointed out Perdue.
“Are your running for governor, David?” Trump asked. Trump asked.
Perdue, in announcing his bid, said that his “bold vision for our state is very simple: Completely eliminate the state income tax, it’s time. Make our cities and state safe again. Take charge of our schools – put parents in charge, not the woke left.”
“I have spent my entire life working in the real world, creating thousands of jobs and getting results. He emphasized that the values and work ethic he learned in Middle Georgia as a child have guided me throughout my life. They will guide me as Governor.”
Kemp faced a primary challenge even before Perdue’s announcement – a former state Rep. Vernon Jones, a Democrat who has become a Republican and a major Trump supporter.
The Democratic Party of Georgia criticized the “Republicans’ messy and race-too-the-right primary for gubernatorial office.”
Scott Hogan, state party executive director, charged that Republicans like Brian Kemp or David Perdue have failed Georgians at all levels of leadership. He said voters could clearly see that the GOP doesn’t have any real ideas to help working families and move Georgia forward.