Current Congressman and now candidate for Georgia’s open Senate seat, Rep. Doug Collins, continues his attacks on incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA). Rep. Collins’ bid for Senate came as a bit of a surprise, given the immense need for GOP unity in such a crucial election year. Collins was immediately hit with backlash from many in the GOP establishment, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).
NRSC not holding back on Doug Collins— Adam Wollner (@AdamWollner) January 29, 2020
"All he has done is put two senate seats, multiple house seats, and Georgia’s 16 electoral votes in play." pic.twitter.com/cFNDMT06b1
Collins responded to the attacks by calling the NRSC, the official Senate arm of the GOP, a "Washington-based group:"
Don't be ridiculous, this is FAKE NEWS coming from the head of a Washington-based group whose bylaws require him to support all incumbents, even unelected ones. https://t.co/azpS3PzaCJ— Doug Collins (@CollinsforGA) January 29, 2020
Rep. Collins released an ad this morning slamming Sen. Loeffler’s (R-GA) support of Club for Growth, a highly-influential, free-enterprise advocacy group.
The original Never Trump, anti-agriculture group throws its support behind Kelly Loeffler and attacks the votes of GA Republicans. You can tell a lot about a person by their friends, eh @kloeffler? #gapol pic.twitter.com/yDBNZ7fKbs— Doug Collins (@CollinsforGA) February 3, 2020
Rep. Collins slams the renowned conservative group as “anti-agriculture” in an attempt to knock Sen. Loeffler’s credibility among conservatives. Collins forgot to delete social media evidence of his previous support of Club for Growth, and his touting of their support:
Oops.— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) February 3, 2020
Doug Collins in 2016:
Panel Question: Conservative Review has given you a 57%. Do you have any ratings that you can attribute that are higher than that?
Collins: Oh ya, Freedomworks, Club for Growth, Heritage… pic.twitter.com/F4CF0jyb9s
Doug Collins still has social media posts up touting his scorecard with the Club for Growth. Now he calls them "rotten." DC Doug can't make up his mind! #gapol #gasen https://t.co/ZiWjSmAxwQ https://t.co/tShPuqAOsq— Jack Pandol (@jackpandol) February 3, 2020
Most ironically, Rep. Collins admitted that “fighting ourselves” is a bad strategy, when he is doing exactly that by running against Sen. Loeffler:
Republican voters in Georgia should choose their candidate — not one politician or a Super PAC in Washington.— Doug Collins (@CollinsforGA) January 29, 2020
The time for that contest is now so we can unite well before November.
Fighting ourselves and the left at the same time is a bad strategy. #gapol
Rep. Collins bid for the Senate is off to a rocky start, to say the least. The GOP establishment is working to defend Sen. Loeffler, in support of unity in 2020; President Trump even expressed his support for Sen. Loeffler’s hard work in the upper chamber.
Editor's Note: This post has been updated to note that Club for Growth has not officially endorsed Sen. Loeffler.