GA-Sen B: Kelly Loeffler (R) Offered Trump $50 Million To Help Push Doug Collins (R) Out Of The Race

From The Daily Beast:

A leading congressional ally of President Donald Trump alleged last week that Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) threatened to withhold financial support for the president’s re-election effort unless he helped get her top Republican opponent out of the race.

According to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Loeffler or her representatives approached the Trump campaign and offered to spend tens of millions of dollars on Trump’s behalf. But that financial support would only come, Loeffler’s team supposedly said, if Trump helped convince Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) to drop his Senate bid. Gaetz supports Collins and was speaking at a campaign event.

“This is what the Loeffler team went to the Trump team with,” said Gaetz. “They went and said, ‘Look, you guys gotta get Doug Collins out of this race’… She said, ‘I have $50 million for this project, and I can either spend my $50 million getting new voters and helping the Trump campaign, or I can spend that $50 million taking out Doug Collins.’”
I have a premium account with The Daily Beast but I recommend signing up for one to read the rest of this piece. The article clarifies that this claim by Gaetz is more nuanced than it sounds. Loeffler and her husband, New York Stock Exchange Chairman Jeff Sprecher, were offering that money to go towards helping GOP Senate candidates. Loeffler and her husband have donate $1.5 million to Trump’s Super PAC and loaned her campaign $15 million. But the polls out showed tightening races in both the general election, regular Senate election and special Senate election in Georgia:

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And Collins

That’s why Loeffler has to run stupid ads like this:

— Kelly Loeffler (@KLoeffler) September 21, 2020

The 30-second ad begins with a man and woman sitting on a couch, talking about Loeffler’s conservative record backing President Donald Trump. One actor replies, “Yep, she’s more conservative than Attila the Hun.”

The ad then shows an actor apparently portraying Attila, who is grunting to a transcriber.

“Fight China, got it,” the note-taker says. He continues after Attila grunts: “Attack big government. Eliminate the liberal scribes. Uh oh.”

A narrator concludes, “More conservative than Attila the Hun. Kelly Loeffler, 100 percent Trump voting record,” whle showing a picture of Loeffler and Trump together.

Loeffler can’t afford this type of press. Meanwhile, over on Team Blue, Stacey Abrams and Jewish activists are urging Matt Lieberman (D. GA) to drop out since Rev. Raphael Warnock (D. GA) has the best chance at winning this seat:

Stacey Abrams, arguably Warnock’s most influential advocate, said she was deeply disturbed by a Lieberman novel that critics say was shaped by racist tropes, and called for him to “search his conscience” and make way for Warnock.
“We need Matt Lieberman to understand he’s not called for this moment,” said Abrams, adding: “Dropping out of the race is not a possibility. But we’re asking for people to consolidate their support around Raphael Warnock.”

And a group of Atlanta Jewish community leaders is preparing to run an ad with the names of more than 300 local Democrats backing Warnock over Lieberman, a former principal of the Atlanta Jewish Academy.

Some context on that:

As LitHub recounted recently, Lucius chronicles the relationship between a Jewish nursing home volunteer and a 90-year-old white man named Benno, the latter of whom has either imagined or literally owned a “slave” named Lucius. From the sound of it, the novel largely comprises of Benno telling stories about his adventures with Lucius to his young friend, which his audience of one receives with excitement. LitHub’s rather unimpressed review recounts the heavy deployment of “Magical Negro” stereotypes—the maybe-enslaved Black man at the heart of the story literally speaks to animals—as well as the “ahistorical and gratuitous incorporation of African American Vernacular English provides racist flair.” LitHub continues:

Benno recounts an incident three years earlier, when in their eighties, Benno and Lucius stumble into a Klan rally. Though the Klansmen threaten Lucius and shout the n-word multiple times, Benno describes them as “basically good people.” One can only assume that Lieberman selected a James Baldwin quote with the n-word as an epigraph to inoculate himself from criticism for so freely and carelessly dropping the n-word in this scene.

Benno’s saga is enslavement porn that Tree finds inspiring. “With Benno, I didn’t want to look away.” Elsewhere in the book, Tree makes this repugnant observation: “If Lucius wasn’t real in our world, and if Benno loved him and was loved by him in the only world in which the friendship lived, well, it’s hard for me to get upset… We’re all looking for something like that.”

Meanwhile, in the regular Senate race:

Democrat Jon Ossoff seized on healthcare issues in his latest TV ad, promising to support legislation that would lower the cost of prescription drugs by letting the federal government negotiate prices with pharmaceutical firms.

In a neck-and-neck race with U.S. Sen. David Perdue, the Democrat’s 30-second spot released Tuesday focuses on a push to enable the Department of Health and Human Services to allow the Medicare program hash out prices of medications.

“It’s straight up corruption. Fighting corruption is my job,” said Ossoff, who owns an investigative journalism firm. “I approve this message because I’m not taking donations from corporate PACs, and I won’t let the drug companies rip us off any more.”

And in the presidential race:

Former Vice President Joe Biden is taking aim at Georgia in new ads targeting the African American community.

The Democratic nominee for president is targeting what his campaign calls 12 “critical states,” which include Georgia, for a multi-million dollar digital and broadcast advertising push. The campaign says this week's ad buy will mark the second straight week that they plan on spending over $65 million in an effort to court voters nationally.

Peach State voters will hear new radio ads from former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, ,and Michael L. Thurmond, chief executive officer of DeKalb County, Georgia.

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