Concern is growing among Republicans that GOP Lieutenant Governor candidate Burt Jones’ extremism and serial election denialism could damage the entire GOP ticket this fall. According to new AJC reporting, GOP strategists are worried about Jones’ involvement in a scheme involving a phony slate of electors meant to help overturn the 2020 election – which law enforcement is investigating – warning it could “torpedo the rest of the down-ballot Republican candidates.”
The phony elector slate is one drop in the bucket of Jones’ attacks on democracy throughout his campaign. Jones has spent his campaign fanning the flames of debunked election conspiracy theories, including pushing to convene a special legislative session to investigate the 2020 election. Jones last year was stripped of his committee chairmanship in the state legislature over his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, but continued to brag about those efforts on the campaign trail.