Gaetz: 'Governor Kemp announces the funeral time & location for his political career'

Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGaetz in Twitter battle with Florida House Republican Apple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones Conservatives slam Warren's call to put transgender women in women's prisons MORE (R-Fla.) took aim at Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) over reports Kemp plans to appoint business executive Kelly Loeffler — not Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules This week: Raucous rules fight, opening arguments in impeachment trial White House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team MORE (R-Ga.), the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee — to retiring Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonOvernight Health Care: New drug price hikes set stage for 2020 fight | Conservative group to spend M attacking Pelosi drug plan | Study finds Medicaid expansion improved health in Southern states New Georgia senator takes spot on health committee Loeffler sworn in to Georgia seat MORE’s (R-Ga.) seat in coming days

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Kemp’s office announced the governor is expected to make his pick official at a press conference scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday. Quoting a tweet containing information about the press conference, the Florida Republican alleged the move would take a toll on Kemp’s career. President TrumpDonald John TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign MORE and other Republicans have pushed for Kemp to appoint Collins a Isakson’s successor.  

“Governor Kemp announces the funeral time & location for his political career,” he tweeted, shortly noting a number of top conservatives have called for Collins to be appointed.  

“On one side: @realDonaldTrump @seanhannity @GovMikeHuckabee @marklevinshow @RepDougCollins On the other.... @GovKemp.”  

Gaetz, one of Trump’s closest allies in Congress and a colleague of Collins on the Judiciary Committee, has been heavily advocating for Collins in recent days.   

The push comes in the wake of reports of a tense meeting between Trump and Kemp at the White House in late November over who should be chosen to assume the role in the upper chamber.  

Collins, a vocal supporter of the president, is expected to play a leading role in defending the president as the impeachment inquiry moves to the Judiciary Committee. He is also seen by some as a potential key ally in voting against impeachment if he moves to the Senate. 

Collins has also not ruled out the possibility of running for the upper chamber if he is not appointed to the position.