Analysis by WorldTribune Staff, May 11, 2022
The America First movement said it has detected a herd of RINOs heading for Georgia as the Republican primary for governor approaches.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are all traveling to the Peach State to support the re-election bid of Gov. Brian Kemp.
The primary is on May 24.
“Today, the worst ‘election integrity’ Governor in the country, Brian Kemp, loaded the great state of Georgia up with RINOs,” former President Donald Trump said in a statement on May 11. “That’s right, he had them all. Chris Christie, Doug Ducey from Arizona, and Pete Ricketts from Nebraska. That tells you all you need to know about what you are getting in Georgia — just a continuation of bad elections and a real RINO if you vote for Brian Kemp.”
“Bring in the RINO reinforcements! They are so worried,” Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington tweeted.
Ducey, Ricketts, and Christie are all top honchos in the Republican Governors Association, which has given $5 million to Kemp to fend off a challenge from former Sen. David Perdue. Trump has endorsed Perdue.
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Kemp, who leads in the polls, is hoping the infusion of cash from the Republican Governors Association along with the backing from the Ducey/Ricketts/Christie trio will allow him to avoid a June runoff.
Trump-endorsed candidates are 58-1 in primary elections so far this year.
Some Republican analysts contend that Kemp is not the RINO that Trump and other America First backers are making him out to be.
Kemp signed a bill that would prohibit abortions six weeks after conception, signed an election integrity law which the Left abhors, and signed a law allowing Georgians to carry guns in public without a license or background check.
“I think the key is: As far as a Republican governor goes, Kemp checks all the boxes,” The Hill quoted a Georgia-based Republican strategist as saying. “His record on pretty much everything — guns, you know, law enforcement, taxes — it’s squeaky clean. I think folks see that and then they hear what Trump is saying and it just doesn’t match up with reality.”
However many voters cannot forget the storm of controversy that followed both the 2020 election and the Georgia runoffs in early January in which questions were raised about Kemp and other state officials’ reluctance to address issues with fraud and contracts with computer voting systems and equipment.
Calling them out on these and other issues is another candidate, populist Christian Kandiss Taylor.