Loeffler officially enters “GOP firestorm” after her appointment as conservatives pounce and Republican leaders give tepid reaction
Atlanta — Despite Governor* Brian Kemp’s appointment of Kelly Loeffler yesterday, rewarding her for her work as a “political mega-donor” by giving her a temporary Senate seat, Georgia Republicans’ infighting appears to be far from over. And attacks are just getting started on Loeffler’s attempts to buy her Senate seat outright using her personal wealth — just like she did to get appointed in the first place.
Even after desperate calls from Kemp allies for unity, the GOP remains fractured. Fox Business host Lou Dobbs spent the night before the announcement threatening that Kemp was “going to tear asunder the Republican Party in Georgia” with his pick, coming after the Republican base already blasted her as “unacceptable,” “the wrong choice” and “disqualified,” Some key conservative groups like Georgia Right-to-Life are already questioning whether they can support her.
Even potential Loeffler backers were decidedly lukewarm on her, expressing “measured” interest in working with her in “apprehensive” statements, while Kemp ally Erick Erickson admitted “the fix was in” for Loeffler’s appointment following her last-minute application and generous contributions to the GOP.
Meanwhile, Loeffler’s candidacy continues to attract scrutiny and criticism in the press. Here’s what they’re saying about political mega-donor Kelly Loeffler’s rocky roll-out:
“Kelly Loeffler’s roll-out was a self-inflicted disaster for Georgia Republicans who still remain divided when they can least afford to be fighting,” said Alex Floyd, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “Appointing a political mega-donor to the Senate may have been a nice reward for Kelly Loeffler, but it will cost Republicans with voters who are tired of corrupt political insiders using money to buy power and influence.”