Republicans are already lobbing attacks at each other — and some of them aren’t even out of the starting gate
Georgia Republicans are terrified. Facing exploding demographic changes across Metro Atlanta that are reshaping the face of politics in Georgia, GOP candidates are scrambling to run for office before it’s too late. (NOTE: It’s probably already too late.)
In 2019, that means Georgia Republicans are stepping all over each other while they desperately queue up to run for Congress.
In GA-07, Republicans are already lobbing attacks at each other – and some of them aren’t even out of the starting gate.
- Lynne Homrich, a self-funding corporate executive who just moved into the district, was slammed by the Trump campaign’s former Georgia chair for not being Trumpy enough: “Didn’t know she had a change of heart on the President. That’s good. Now we just need to get her voting in Republican primaries.”
- The lead sponsor of the Georgia abortion ban legislation, State Senator Renee Unterman isn’t in the race yet but is already sounding off about her potential opponents. Two days after Homrich announced her campaign, Unterman tweeted about “that Buckhead lady” who “might need some directions” from her “Mercedes GPS” to the district.
- And then there’s Harrison Floyd, whose campaign announcement video flirted with invoking violence against Members of Congress.
- It hasn’t stopped there. Things have gotten so nasty on the Republican side that it’s led to this AJC headline: “Georgia 7th: GOP race gets testy before it even begins.”
In GA-06, former Congresswoman Karen Handel is Kevin McCarthy’s handpicked candidate – having already accepted $25,000 from his personal PAC – but couldn’t even clear the field to run for her old office. Instead, she’s facing a primary challenge from State Senator Brandon Beach.
Handel is already facing scrutiny for her sloppy campaigning, as the media pointed out that Handel actually raised nearly $100,000 less than she initially announced. Yikes!
And don’t forget that NRA President Carolyn Meadows, herself a GA-06 resident, attacked Rep. Lucy McBath, who lost her son to gun violence, declaring the only reason why Rep. McBath was elected was because of her status as a “minority female.” After sparking national outrage and condemnation, the NRA president eventually apologized through a spokesperson.
“The film industry may be cutting jobs in Georgia due to the GOP’s obsession with women’s reproductive health care, but save your popcorn: the Republican primaries are already a disaster movie in the making,” DCCC Spokesperson Avery Jaffe said. “As messy and expensive GOP primary fights loom, these Republican candidates are already defining themselves by their extreme records and Trump loyalty oaths – proving they are out of step with a fast-changing electorate.”