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

Rep. Doug Collins (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 Loeffler (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. 

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 Trump. 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 Isakson (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.

Tags Donald Trump Doug Collins DSCC Georgia Georgia Republican Party Georgia Senate race Johnny Isakson Kelly Loeffler NRSC

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