ATLANTA — One of Georgia’s former Republican senators, Kelly Loeffler, is forming her own voter advocacy group.
It’s similar to the one formed by Democrat Stacey Abrams to get voters to the polls, but that’s where any similarity ends.
Abrams’ group is calling Loeffler’s attempt a “sham.”
The runoff election for both of Georgia’s Senate seats was almost two months ago. Loeffler said she is ready to wade back into Georgia’s political debate after one of the hardest fought elections in U.S. history.
“Greater Georgia is designed around the premise that our state is greater when everyone’s voice is heard,” Loeffler said.
The former Senator told Channel 2′s Richard Elliot that she believes she lost against Rev. Raphael Warnock, in part, because of the Democrats’ ground game.
That’s why she says she’s creating her own, new voting advocacy group called Greater Georgia to mobilize Republicans the same way Abrams mobilized Democrats.
“What I saw was we built a tremendous ground game and field organization and Election Day operation but, you know, we were behind as a party in the terms of mobilizing folks on the ground,” Loeffler said.
Loeffler said Greater Georgia will work on identifying and registering more conservative Georgians.
But Fair Fight Action CEO Lauren Groh Wargo sent Elliot a statement that reads, in part:
“Kelly Loeffler has instigated and spread conspiracy theories that helped fuel the insurrection at the US Capitol.
“Her new organization and its sham premise of voter integrity will only provide more fodder for anti-voting extremists.”
Loeffler said her group wants to safeguard elections. But critics say the election integrity bills now moving through the Georgia General Assembly are actually attempts to suppress the votes.
“The most insulting thing is to say that the people are concerned there was fraud. The fact of the matter is the only reason they believe it is because Republican leaders are the ones saying it,” said AME Church Bishop Reginald Jackson.
Elliot asked Loeffler if she’s considering running against Warnock when he is up for reelection in two years. She said she hasn’t made that decision yet but is thinking about it.
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