Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs ripped into Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) for appearing to not pick President Trump's preferred replacement for Sen. Johnny Isaacson (R-GA), who is retiring due to health issues.
Trump had lobbied Kemp to appoint Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) for the soon-to-be vacant Senate seat, with reports of Kemp having settled on Kelly Loeffler, an Atlanta businesswoman. Fervent Trump supporters have accused Loeffler of not being a staunch Trump supporter and not being pro-life.
"In the state of Georgia, Brian Kemp, the governor who was elected without any equivocation about this or reservation, he was elected because President Trump stood with him and he won. He is now telling the president of the United States to go to Hell," Dobbs vented. "He’s apparently tomorrow going to tap Kelly Loeffler, a big donor and Mitt Romney ally to take the U.S. seat being vacated by Johnny Isaacson."
"I think it’s unfortunate, but that's his prerogative to do it. He's not going to be pushed around by the president. I think to a certain extent it’s some kind of parochial politics in Georgia," Ed Rollins noted.
Dobbs accused Kemp of wanting "to tear asunder the Republican Party with these acts."
Kemp's press secretary has pushed back against vocal critics, such as Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), stating, "A record number of Georgians elected [Kemp] to serve - and he’s doing it with sky-high approval numbers."
Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz seems to be struggling with @staceyabrams syndrome. Like Stacey, he’s not the Governor either.— Cody Hall (@CodyHallGA) November 29, 2019
A record number of Georgians elected @GovKemp to serve - and he’s doing it with sky-high approval numbers. #gapol https://t.co/3ysZkKyJtg