With Gov. Brian Kemp poised tomorrow to name Atlanta businesswoman and lifelong Republican Kelly Loeffler as Georgia’s interim U.S. senator to replace Johnny Isakson, all eyes will be on the Loeffler introductory rollout. After all, she not only has to establish offices in Washington and Georgia starting January 1st, she must mount a campaign to run for the seat in a jungle election against other candidates on the Nov. 3, 2020 ballot. And Georgia GOP Congressman Doug Collins could be one of those candidates opposing her.
Republicans and conservatives are becoming split between Loeffler and Collins, who President Donald Trump had hoped would get the appointment. Collins allies have been attacking Loeffler for almost two weeks, and she hasn’t had a chance to introduce herself yet to the Georgia electorate. In the past few days the Kemp team started pushing back, especially since yesterday when Fox News cable television host Sean Hannity began attacking the governor for not appointing Collins.
Even though the governor says Loeffler will be a big advocate for the president on issues ranging from illegal immigration to being pro-life, two big questions loom: Will Collins, backed by the president, opt to run against her? And how worse will the GOP split become as March arrives and qualifying for the seat begins.
One criticism from Loeffler critics, especially on social media, is that she has donated to some Democrats and has done business with some Democrats– especially in her role as an executive with the Sandy Springs-based Intercontinental Exchange (which owns the New York Stock Market) and as co-owner of the WNBA Atlanta Dream team.
But InsiderAdvantage checked the reliable website opensecrets.org to view 10-years’ worth of her many substantial financial donations to a wide range of Republicans. In just 2019, for example, she wrote huge checks to the Republican National Committee that is coordinating with the Trump campaign for the president’s re-election. Loeffler also has recently contributed to various female GOP candidates around the country, including Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York, a fierce advocate for the president on the House Judiciary Committee.