When Kelly Loeffler was appointed to the US Senate, there was a lot to be excited about. She had strong conservative positions, had been vetted by the most conservative Governor Georgia has ever had, was an outsider with incredible private sector success, and seemed set to elevate the electoral outlook of Georgia conservatives for years to come.
A little more than a month on the job, those reasons for excitement have only been validated.
I stood with Senator Loeffler on Friday – as well as Governor Kemp and our awesome First Lady – as she received the endorsement of Susan B. Anthony List. This was, perhaps, one of the strongest signs yet that even those who doubted the appointment have come around, now that they know the facts.
Initially swept up in the storm of false and misleading accusations that came from the Doug Collins surrogates prior to the official appointment, SBA List was not a Day One supporter. Now, they see why Brian Kemp, the nation’s most pro-life Governor, thought Kelly was best suited to lead the charge for Georgia values in DC.
Since her announcement, Kelly Loeffler has surpassed every conservative benchmark. In her first speech, she quickly dispelled false accusations about where she stood on issues. She was strong for life, unashamedly supportive of President Trump, and was clearly conservative on every issue. If anyone thought she was going to aim toward the center, she showed that was not her political lane.
With her legislation, she’s co-sponsored strong pro-life bills, worked to end impeachment, supported the killing of Qasem Soleimani, tackled immigration and guns, confirmed conservative judges, supported school choice, stood with veterans, and been an ally for taxpayers. She’s touched on every cornerstone of conservative philosophy with precision, ease, and conviction. And, in the meantime, she’s won the universal support of conservatives in the Senate and acclaim from the President.
With every action, Kelly Loeffler, a successful businesswoman and appealing candidate, has dismantled any rationale to oppose her candidacy on conservative grounds. Yet, because Doug Collins believes he deserves a seat in the U.S Senate, he’s mounted a campaign contrary to the interests of the movement, the state, and the President he claims to serve.
Though many peg Collins to be a nice but misguided career politician, his campaign activities paint the picture of an entitled elected official throwing a temper tantrum regardless of the political costs. With no driving issue upon which to campaign and no substantive issue with the incumbent, Collins and his surrogates have chosen to build their campaign on a foundation of sexism, innuendo, hostility toward success, and a fidelity to the idea that membership in the establishment political class is a requirement for higher office.
In a search for allies, the congressman rated an “F” by Conservative Review has turned to the spiteful Georgia “alt-right,” the liberal media looking for a fight between Republicans, and the political establishment of which he is a lifelong, card-carrying member. In fact, his early efforts to change the election even involved a plot with the Democrat Caucus in the House before Republicans stepped up and reclaimed control of the process.
Without an inherent message, Collins has resorted to calling Loeffler – who grew up on a farm and worked there until leaving for college – a “fake farmer,” has mocked her wardrobe, attributed all her hard-earned success to her husband, and flailed around to attack any conservative individual or organization for standing with the more rightward incumbent.
Grasping at straws, he’s even attacked Loeffler, repeatedly, for supporting the Republican nominee against Obama and is seeking to imply she bought the seat – an absurd accusation for which he has no proof or reason. He’s also attacked Loeffler for not giving enough money to Donald Trump – though she’s given nearly $500,000 – despite the fact that his only political donation on record was to Fred Thompson in 2007.
False accusations. Demonizing success. Hypocrisy. These are characteristics of the Left, not conservatives.
Look, I get that Doug Collins is mad. He desperately hoped for the Senate seat, but, with a governor committed to appointing a conservative outsider, Collins was destined for disappointment. Now, with his hopes that Loeffler would depart form a lifelong conservative worldview once in office dashed, he’s lashing out.
He wants you to believe that the Trump team and Senate Majority that are standing with Loeffler are now somehow part of the problem. He wants you to believe that, because Loeffler is a woman, she can’t be conservative or pro-life. He wants you to believe that, because Loeffler is successful, it can’t be because she’s worked hard and achieved the American Dream. And, he wants you to believe that the Governor who laid it all on the line to pass the Heartbeat Bill would somehow check his conservative credentials at the door when it came to a consequential appointment.
Georgia voters are too smart for that.
In the last month-plus, Kelly Loeffler has been all we could have hoped for. She’s been winsome, gracious, yet unabashedly conservative. She’s displayed what the Governor saw in her – that she could help us win without compromising principles.
On the other hand, Doug Collins’ campaign has been a flailing exhibition on how to lose Georgia for good, how to employ the deceitful tactics of the Left and throw truth out the door, and what it looks like when a supposed adult launches a revenge campaign because they didn’t get what they want.
In short, Loeffler’s rolling – doing the work we sent her to do – and Collins is spinning out of control. The actions of each will be evident in what increasingly looks like a November landslide for the Kemp appointee.