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

Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzRepublican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC Five takeaways from CPAC 2021 New super PAC aims to support lawmakers who voted to impeach or convict Trump 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 - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan Perdue rules out 2022 Senate bid against Warnock Loeffler leaves door open to 2022 rematch against Warnock MORE (R-Ga.), the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee — to retiring Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonLoeffler leaves door open to 2022 rematch against Warnock Perdue on potential 2022 run: GOP must regain the Senate Bottom line 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 TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend 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.