NRSC Stands Firm Behind Sen. Loeffler in Georgia Senate Contest

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Posted: Jan 29, 2020 11:30 AM
NRSC Stands Firm Behind Sen. Loeffler in Georgia Senate Contest

Source: AP Photo/Elijah Nouvelage

As Cortney wrote earlier this morning, Georgia Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA) has elected to throw his hat in the ring for Georgia’s 2020 Senate contest. 

Collins’ decision, which was rumored for the past few weeks, gives a challenger to sitting Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), who was just appointed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. This stirs controversy in the Republican establishment, and many GOP voices are denouncing Congressman Collins’ decision. Although a great lawmaker and staunch ally for the president and the GOP as a whole, Collins’ bid for the upper chamber draws unnecessary attention toward a reliable GOP Senate seat, and does not depict unity within the party. The fight for the Senate majority in 2020 is already encompassed by tooth-and-nail races; the GOP does not need an internal fight in a safely red state, which will require resources. Sen. Loeffler has proven herself to be a force to be reckoned with, and a fierce ally for the Republican Party. A challenge this cycle from a fellow Republican, even if well-intentioned, is unnecessary.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) brought the heat this morning. The GOP Senate arm condemned Collins’ decision to run against Sen. Loeffler in a blistering rebuke:

The NRSC is absolutely correct to stand behind Sen. Loeffler. Unnecessary internal controversy within the GOP is not necessary in an election year as crucial as 2020, with so much at stake at the ballot box. 

Sen. Loeffler also received support from a fellow GOP woman in the upper chamber, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN):

Sen. Blackburn makes the point that few in the Republican Party are brave enough to unveil: the GOP has a deficit of female representation. The Republican Party is built on values that elevate women without government dependency; the GOP’s core values are inherently pro-women, but the party gets a lackluster reputation based on the lack of women in elected positions. 

Women should not be simply handed elected office on the sole basis of gender. However, Sen. Loeffler has proved herself and broken through immense criticism from her own party. She has earned her place in the upper chamber, and served both the people of Georgia and the GOP well during her short time in the Senate. 

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) also expressed support for Sen. Loeffler:

President Trump even acknowledged Sen. Loeffler's success at the USMCA signing:

Georgia’s Senate contest will take place on Nov. 3, before a run-off election.