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With Perdue refusing to back Loeffler as qualifying is underway, Loeffler’s outside allies now under fire from conservatives for “smear” ads against Collins
ATLANTA — Getting on the ballot is about the only good news so far this week for unelected “political mega-donor” Senator Kelly Loeffler as her own Senate colleague refuses to back her and her outside group allies are under new attacks from conservatives for their “really nasty” ads on her opponent Congressman Doug Collins.
Loeffler’s week began with a blunt statement from her supposed partner in the Senate David Perdue on her “nasty GOP fight”: he’s staying out of it. But after once again failing to lock down support from another prominent Georgia Republican, Loeffler and her outside allies came under fire from conservative outlets after airing “smear” attack ads against Collins. Decried as “really nasty stuff” by Fox News host Lou Dobbs, the ads linked Collins to efforts also supported by Republican leaders like President Donald Trump and Governor Nathan Deal.
And like clockwork, the Loeffler criticism came as Washington Republicans “leveled a bitter attack on Collins” themselves, warning that Collins could “take down President Trump, the Republican majority in the United States Senate, two Senate seats and multiple House seats,” pouring gasoline on an already raging intraparty fire.
It may only be day two of qualifying week, but already the ongoing “brutal Republican-on-Republican fight” is showing no signs of stopping as Loeffler and Collins’ “battle royale” wages on through November.
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