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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 08:04 AM

Georgia governor set to buck Trump on Senate appointment

Source: Politico

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has begun informing Republican officials he plans to appoint financial services executive Kelly Loeffler to the state’s soon-to-be vacant Senate seat, according to three people familiar with the conversations.

Members of the state’s Republican congressional delegation were among those to receive a heads-up from Kemp on his decision, according to an aide to a House Republican from Georgia who received a call from the governor over the weekend.

A spokesperson for Kemp declined to comment. Loeffler’s expected selection was first reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The choice could face serious backlash from conservatives. President Donald Trump has told Kemp he favors GOP Rep. Doug Collins, a staunch ally and the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, for the appointment. Kemp took Loeffler to the White House late last month to meet with the president. But the meeting did not go as planned: Trump raised pointed concerns about whether Loeffler — who has never run for elected office before — is seasoned enough in politics to receive the nod.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/12/01/georgia-governor-set-to-buck-trump-on-senate-appointment-074730

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Response to dewsgirl (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 12:45 PM

12. Two thoughts on this latest idiotic comment by Matt Gaetz:

1) How insane is it that he is actually arguing that Donald Trump should pick the new senator? Since when does the POTUS get to do that?

2) I suspect that if Brian Kemp is the GOP nominee in 2028 he will strongly consider Matt Gaetz as his running-mate. The media will highlight that as proof that he is willing to reach out to people with political differences, and who he has a history of conflict with, and tout him as a new kind of leader. Or something like that.

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Response to StevieM (Reply #12)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 01:38 PM

13. LoL it makes perfect sense, in this weird, dystopian reality

we find ourselves in.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 08:10 AM

2. As thrilled as I am that Doug Collins is getting a load of spit in his face and Trump is

being ignored, I somehow doubt that Loeffler will turn out to be much better.

Still, I detest Collins with intensity.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 08:26 AM

3. Is Farce45 planning to resign?

"Trump raised pointed concerns about whether Loeffler — who has never run for elected office before — is seasoned enough in politics to receive the nod."
Since he himself had never run for elected office, and is clearly unqualified for the one he now holds...

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Response to Tanuki (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 10:17 AM

7. I know, wasn't that rich? nt

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 12:07 PM

10. + 1 nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 08:53 AM

4. I admit I'm surprised; Loeffler is not the typical Republican in GA.

Makes me wonder why kemp is so high on her. Kemp himself won by being the "tough guy" RW candidate over the others. Cagle was looked at as being prt of the "swamp", even though he was on the right of every issue.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 09:40 AM

5. There are valid reasons for referring to him as KKKemp, but this is a welcome surprise.

He is also pushing an expansion of Medicaid that wasn't expected, although he is asking for waivers from some requirements in the ACA.

But until both are official, I remain suspect.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 10:14 AM

6. I'd watch Trump's sleight-of-hand very closely here

Maybe there's a Blagojevich maneuver under the table

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 10:25 AM

8. Wouldn't it be grand to trebuchet

Him and Kemp into prison?


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Response to Ilsa (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 10:30 AM

9. You may aim the trebuchet in any direction (away from civilians)

I will buy tickets for myself and my entire family to attend the event.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 12:41 PM

11. Can't we all just sit down to a Chic-fil-A sandwich and get along?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 06:09 PM

14. Some good may come of this. If Dump makes a big enough stink it could alienate more

of his party. I can always dream!

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