Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia intends to appoint Kelly Loeffler to the United States Senate. Mrs. Loeffler has the ability to self-fund and those close to Governor Kemp tell me that she follows a well established pattern by this governor of appointing people outside the box.
Governor Kemp has already appointed a number of black, Hispanic, and female people to various executive and judicial positions, breaking several appointment records by his predecessors.
In Loeffler’s case, Kemp wants to attract suburban women back to the GOP. Remember, Kemp will be on the ballot in 2022 with Loeffler. In the meantime, here is what you can and should expect.
On impeachment: You won’t find Loeffler backing impeachment. One of the arguments for Doug Collins is that he will oppose impeachment. So too will Loeffler.
On abortion: One of the attacks on Loeffler is that she sits on the board of Grady Hospital, an abortion provider. The reality is that Grady long ago abandoned elective abortions and now only performs those necessary to preserve the life of a mother. The decision to abandon elective abortions came before Loeffler sat on the board.
On social conservatism: I have been told by multiple people that Loeffler is a devout, pro-life Catholic with a worldview that reflects that. I have no reason to believe otherwise.
Ultimately, Brian Kemp understands he cannot send a pro-choice moderate or liberal to the United States Senate. He takes risks. He left the comfort of the Secretary of State’s office and challenged the Lt. Governor for the Governorship of Georgia. He bet bit and won. He’s betting big with Loeffler. If she’s a clunker on the campaign trail or puts her foot in her mouth, she’s going to sink Kemp along with her.
This is a risk. But it is one the Governor is comfortable taking and the people have Georgia are giving him the benefit of the doubt. He stood with pro-life conservatives and signed the fetal heartbeat legislation into law. Everyone said he was killing the GOP, but he’s now more popular than ever.
Conservatives love to say they want outsiders. Kemp is giving them what they want. That parts of the conservative movement are out to destroy Loeffler without knowing anything about her says a lot about the movement. It has been burned repeatedly by those it rallied around. But also, the movement is sometimes not willing to take leaps of faith with trusted allies when the movement should.
This is one of those times to have a leap of faith with a trusted ally and perhaps give her a chance.
Loeffler has to stop a challenge from the right. She’s smart enough to know it. So is Kemp and his team. That strongly suggests she will not just be an ally to the movement, but will make Georgia proud too.