David Perdue, a former Georgia senator, announced Monday that he was running for governor of the Peach state in 2022. Former President Donald Trump immediately endorsed him.
He’ll be running in the Republican primary against incumbent Republican governor Brian Kemp, who has frequently clashed with Trump.
Perdue’s announcement pits him in a primary race not just against Kemp, but also against a conservative favorite: former Democrat State Rep-turned Republican Vernon Jones.
NEW: Former Senator David Perdue to launch bid for Georgia governor https://t.co/rrKXNzpXBx
— Axios (@axios) December 5, 2021
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Perdue goes swinging
Trump issued an endorsement for Perdue Monday night. Trump called Purdue a “conservative fighter,” and also said,
“David Perdue will eliminate the Income Tax, secure the Elections, defend the Second Amendment, support our great Farmers, get crime in Atlanta and other places under control, take care of our great Vets, and put parents back in charge of the schools.”
Cody Hall, spokesman for the Kemp campaign, responded to Purdue’s announcement by calling him “the man who lost Republicans the United States Senate.”
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Hall continued, “Perdue’s only reason for running is to soothe his own bruised ego, because his campaign for U.S. Senate failed to inspire voters at the ballot box — twice.”
Donald J. Trump declares support for David Perdue, Governor of Georgia pic.twitter.com/vg1phSKU52
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) December 7, 2021
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Trump And Perdue Attack Kemp
Donald Trump and David Purdue rebuked Gov. Brian Kemp is held responsible for his complicity with the left, and subsequent electoral disaster in Georgia where Republicans lost both their Senate seats to Democrats.
In Trump’s endorsement statement, he called Kemp a “failure,” and “a very weak Governor.” Trump also said that, “[H]e can’t win because the MAGA base — which is enormous — will never vote for him.”
David Perdue also echoed Trump’s statements, not just blaming Kemp but also Georgia Secretary Brad Raffensperger.
In his video campaign announcement, he stated that
“To fight back, we simply have to be united. We are today divided by Brad Raffensperger, Brian Kemp, and Brad Raffensperger. Look, I like Brian, this isn’t personal. It’s simple. He’s failed everyone of us, and he can’t win in November. Instead of protecting our elections, he caved to Abrams and cost us two Senate seats, the Senate majority, and gave Joe Biden free rein.”
I’m running for Governor to make sure Stacey Abrams is NEVER Governor of Georgia. Bold conservatives are needed to stand up against the radical demands of the left and not give in to them. Get involved in the fight against Stacey, and save Georgia. pic.twitter.com/iQMMV97ynw
— David Perdue (@Perduesenate) December 6, 2021
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Abrams is Back
Stacey Abrams announced last week that she is the likely Democrat nominee for Georgia’s top job. Kemp narrowly defeated Abrams by less than 2 percentage points in 2018. With many Republicans disillusioned after 2020’s election scandals, it may be that Republicans desire a shift on the ticket.
Abrams spends most of her time pretending that she did win the 2018 gubernatorial elections and having the election taken from her.
Trump also didn’t miss the chance to zing both Abrams and Kemp by releasing a statement after Abrams announced her candidacy,
“Stacey ‘The Hoax’ Abrams has just announced that she’s running for Governor of Georgia. I beat her single-handedly, without much of a candidate, in 2018, I’ll beat her again.”
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