ELLIJAY, Ga – Georgia State Senator Burt Jones (R), of Jackson, inferred that he will on the 2022 ballot in a statewide race on Wednesday.
Jones’ name has been connected to the lt. governor and governor’s race. The district 25 senator recently visited former President Donald Trump in Mar A Lago, but Jones hasn’t made an official announcement yet.
He was one of the strongest supporters for investigating the 2020 General Election, asking for a Special Session to investigate the issue in November. The move, presumably, cost Jones his chairmanship of the Insurance and Labor Committee.
“[You] can’t overturn [an election] without evidence, but you can’t have evidence if you don’t investigate,” Jones stated about his efforts regarding a special session.
Jones added he just wanted a proper investigation into the issues surrounding the 2020 election, including a forensic audit.
“People just want to know what the truth is,” he remarked. “If we had a significant third-party forensic audit to validate one way or the other these absentee ballots which came in the tens of thousands – a volume that we’ve never seen before in the state – I think people could live with the results, whether they liked them or not.”
He’s glad the case examining 147,000 ballots in Fulton County is moving forward because Georgia’s had three election cycles with alleged interference of some sort. Democrats and Republicans both reported voter fraud in either 2016, 2018, or 2020.
Last week, incumbent Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan (R) announced he wouldn’t be seeking reelection in 2022, choosing to devote his time toward GOP 2.0. The organization hopes to guide the Republican Party into the post-Trump era.
On Tuesday, Senate President Pro Tempora Butch Miller (R), of Gainesville, announced his intentions to run for lt. governor. Last month, former Representative Vernon Jones, a Democrat turned Republican, declared his candidacy for Governor. Incumbent Governor Brian Kemp (R) will be running for reelection.
Jones admitted that running for statewide office is a “serious undertaking” and required a lot of “soul searching” before making a final decision.
Ellijay, GA: As President Trump’s dissatisfaction with Governor Brian Kemp continues to grow, he appears to be pushing Representative Doug Collins as a potential gubernatorial candidate in 2022.
How does Governor @BrianKempGA allow certification of votes without verifying signatures and despite the recently released tape of ballots being stuffed? His poll numbers have dropped like a rock. He is finished as governor! @RepDougCollins
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2020
Earlier today, Trump called Kemp out for his stance on the November election, asking how Kemp “allow[s] certification of votes without verifying signatures and despite the recently released tape of ballots being stuffed?” He then mentioned Kemps falling poll numbers.
According to a Morning Consult poll, since the General Election, Kemp’s approval rating fell from 86% to 77% among Georgia Republicans and 52 percent to 46 percent among overall voters. His disapproval ratings almost doubled, rising from 10 percent to 19 percent.
The latest tweet showcased the souring relationship between Trump and Kemp because the governor rejects the widespread voter fraud theory and won’t overturn the election. In 2018, Trump endorsed Kemp tipping the election in his favor.
At the end of the tweet, the President tagged Ninth District Representative Doug Collins (R), who is leaving office in January. Collins has always been a staunch supporter of Trump and recently ran for Senate. He came third in the November Primary, and Senator Kelly Loeffler and Raphael Warnock advanced to the January 5 runoff. However, Trump seems to be planting the idea of a governor run in Collins and the public’s mind.
In truth, Trump isn’t the first to jump on the idea of Collins for Governor. The Towns County GOP created “Collins for Governor 2022” shirts weeks ago. They echoed the sentiment among several Georgia Republicans that Kemp isn’t listening to his constituents and it’s time to find someone else. On Sunday, Kemp refused to call the General Assembly into special session to dedicate electors, calling it unconstitutional. The governor came out in support of election reforms going forward, which the General Assembly is discussing.
As for Collins, his spokesperson released the following statement:
“As Congressman Collins said the other day, the only political decision he’s focused on right now is making sure the people of Georgia send Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue back to the Senate in January.”
Collins served Northeast Georgia as the Ninth District Representative in the U.S. House since 2013. He’s a practicing military chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and attorney. Married to Lisa, a public-school teacher, they have three children, a daughter Jordan and two sons Copelan and Cameron.