Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has declared to Republican officials that he plans to go versus President Trump’s wishes when it comes to selecting who should take over the state’s soon-to-be vacant Senate seat.
According to a Politico report Sunday, three sources said that Kemp intends to appoint businesswoman Kelly Loeffler to replace retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), which goes against Trump’s preference for Kemp to choose Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) — a staunch ally to the President and ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.
An aide to a House Republican from Georgia told Politico that Kemp gave members of Georgia’s Republican congressional delegation a heads up on his choice over the weekend. It is currently unclear when Kemp will deliver his announcement, but party officials have started developing a public rollout, according to Politico.
On Friday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) threatened Kemp with a primary challenger in 2022 if he does not select Collins for the soon-to-be-open Senate seat.