Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler announced that she would join a couple handfuls of Senate Republicans in objecting to the counting of the Electoral College votes in certain states, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
“The American people deserve a platform in Congress, permitted under the Constitution, to have election issues presented so that they can be addressed,” she said in a statement. “That’s why, on January 6th, I will vote to give President Trump and the American people the fair hearing they deserve and support the objection of the Electoral College certification process.”
Loeffler added that she has already “introduced legislation to establish a commission to investigate election irregularities and recommend election integrity measures, which I will be working to get passed in the Senate.”
Loeffler will still be in the Senate on January 6 as votes are still being counted from the January 5 runoff because she is in a special election after being appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp. Perdue’s term expires on Election Day, meaning he will not be present for the vote even if he ends up winning the runoff against Democrat Jon Ossoff.
President-elect Joe Biden campaigned in Georgia on Monday, slamming the Republicans for backing a failed Texas lawsuit seeking to block Georgia’s vote certification.
“Maybe your senators were just confused. Maybe they think they represent Texas,” Biden said. “Well, if they want to do the bidding of Texas, they should be running there instead of here in Georgia.”
GOP effort will fail:
Loeffler joins about a dozen other Senate Republicans planning to object to the certification of the Electoral College votes but the objections can only delay the certification by several hours.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulated Biden on his win and reportedly urged Republicans against the objection.
South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, predicted the scheme would go down like a “shot dog.”