Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the ranking House Judiciary Committee Republican and one of President Donald Trumps primary defenders amid the impeachment push, confirmed he is running for the Senate seat currently occupied by incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.)—drawing a swift rebuke from state GOP officials.
Collins made the announcement on “Fox & Friends,” saying: “Were in for the Georgia Senate race down here. Ive still got a lot of work left to do to help this president finish this impeachment out, and were going to make a bigger announcement down here in Georgia.”
Following the televised announcement, Collins, who has represented Georgias 9th Congressional District since 2013, confirmed the move on Twitter. “For months, I have given serious deliberation to the role I should serve that would best benefit GA, the country and @realDonaldTrump. Today, I have officially launched my campaign for Senate to do just that,” he wrote.
For months, I have given serious deliberation to the role I should serve that would best benefit GA, the country and @realDonaldTrump. Today, I have officially launched my campaign for Senate to do just that. I invite you to join our campaign here:https://t.co/xubaYUr5RP
— Doug Collins (@CollinsforGA) January 29, 2020
After his announcement, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, however, criticized Collins for being self-centered.
“The shortsightedness in this decision is stunning. Doug Collinss selfishness will hurt David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, and President Trump. Not to mention the people of Georgia who stand to bear the burden of it for years to come,” the GOPs Senatorial Committee spokesman, Kevin McLaughlin, said in a statement. “All he has done is put two senate seats, multiple house seats, and Georgias 16 electoral votes in play. The NRSC stands firmly behind Sen. Kelly Loeffler and urges anyone who wants to reelect President Trump, hold the GOP senate majority, and stop socialism to do the same.”
Collins was asked on Fox News whether he thinks his bid will cause internal strife in the GOP and potentially help the Democrats flip the seat in November. Two Democrats are currently campaigning for the seat.
“We just need to have a process that lets [the voters] decide, lets them choose for themselves how they want to see this vision,” Collins told Fox.
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