Doug Collins fires back at head of Senate GOP's campaign arm: 'Fake news'

Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsJan. 6 panel releases contempt report on Trump DOJ official ahead of censure vote Lobbying world Sunday shows preview: Biden administration confronts inflation spike MORE (R-Ga.) fired back at the director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) for criticizing him over his newly launched Senate bid against GOP Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Eleven interesting races to watch in 2022 Democrats' selective hearing on law and order issues puts everyone at risk MORE (Ga.). 

“Don't be ridiculous, this is FAKE NEWS coming from the head of a Washington-based group whose bylaws require him to support all incumbents, even unelected ones,” Collins tweeted Wednesday. 

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NRSC Executive Director Kevin McLaughlin slammed Collins after he announced his candidacy for the Senate seat on Wednesday. “The shortsightedness in this decision is stunning,” McLaughlin said, adding, “Doug Collins’ selfishness will hurt [Sen.] David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, and President TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul MORE. Not to mention the people of Georgia who stand to bear the burden of it for years to come. All he has done is put two Senate seats, multiple House seats, and Georgia’s 16 electoral votes in play."

Collins, one of Trump’s closest House allies, sought an appointment to the seat vacated by Georgia Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Schumer makes plea for voting bill, filibuster reform in rare Friday session Jan. 6 brings Democrats, Cheneys together — with GOP mostly absent MORE (R-Ga.) in December, but Gov. Brian Kemp (R) instead appointed Loeffler. 

The NRSC said it stands “firmly behind” Loeffler, a wealthy executive and GOP mega-donor. 

Georgia will hold a special jungle primary election on Nov. 3. The two top performers, regardless of party, will face off in a run-off election. Collins and his allies, however, are pushing for a change to state election law to create a more traditional primary in May. 

While Collins is facing pushback from the NRSC and the Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) super PAC, polling ahead of his announcement showed him with a slight advantage over Loeffler in the race.