Top Georgia Republican endorses Doug Collins Senate bid

Top Georgia Republican endorses Doug Collins Senate bid
© Greg Nash

Rep. Drew FergusonAnderson (Drew) Drew FergusonTrump campaign launches new fundraising program with House Republicans Top Georgia Republican endorses Doug Collins Senate bid House GOP whip team seeks to get Republicans behind Senate coronavirus bill MORE (R-Ga.) on Monday announced his support for Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsSen. Loeffler opposes WNBA Black Lives Matter plan Senate outlook slides for GOP Gianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle MORE (R-Ga.) in his bid to unseat Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerSen. Loeffler opposes WNBA Black Lives Matter plan Senate outlook slides for GOP A commonsense solution for health care coverage in the wake of the pandemic MORE (R-Ga.), providing Collins with a key endorsement in the heated battle over the seat formerly held by Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonSen. Loeffler opposes WNBA Black Lives Matter plan Senate outlook slides for GOP Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter MORE (R-Ga.). 

Ferguson, the House GOP’s chief deputy whip, is the first of the Georgia delegation to endorse Collins, lauding his work defending President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Tucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' Trump on Confederate flag: 'It's freedom of speech' MORE during the impeachment proceedings while serving as the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee. 

“When [Speaker] Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiClash looms over next coronavirus relief bill Trump's WHO decision raises bipartisan concerns in House Five takeaways from PPP loan data MORE [D-Calif.], [Rep.] Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats hit Trump for handling of Russian bounty allegations after White House briefing Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Democrats face tough questions with Bolton MORE [D-Calif.] and their crazy entourage went after the President, we didn’t have to wonder where Doug Collins stood. He was on the front lines as the President’s number one defender in the entire country,” he said in a statement. 

ADVERTISEMENT

“He did the President and the country a great service and his arguments carried the day. We knew with absolute certainty where Doug stood from day one and we know with the same certainty where he will stand in the future. That certainty is critical in these challenging times,” he added. 

Ferguson went on to call on his colleagues to rally behind one another, taking a thinly veiled swing at Loeffler, who recently came under fire for buying and selling large quantities of stock following a classified briefing. Loeffler adamantly denies any wrongdoing, asserting her investments are managed by outside investment advisers. 

“Doug is a proven leader — a steady hand in tough times. He knows what it takes to lead. Right now, we have lives and businesses and an economy to save and we don’t need anything to take our focus off of that mission,” Ferguson continued in his statement.  

“Georgia Republicans need to unify behind Doug and leave the distractions and uncertainty of other candidates in the rearview mirror. Doug Collins is my friend and he’s done a great job for Georgia in Congress. He will be an outstanding Senator and he has my full support in his campaign,” he added.

Collins announced his decision to challenge Loeffler — who was appointed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) to fill Isakson’s seat after he stepped down at the end of last year due to a series of health issues — in January, sparking strong intraparty tensions. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Both candidates have received high-profile endorsements, with Collins receiving support from House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp, Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Does Donald Trump even want a second term? The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Stagwell President Mark Penn says Trump is losing on fighting the virus; Fauci says U.S. 'going in the wrong direction' in fight against virus MORE and conservative radio host Mark LevinMark Reed LevinNetflix's 'Big Mouth' to replace Jenny Slate as voice of biracial character Hannity planning first book in ten years: 'Live Free or Die' The Memo: Speculation grows about Fauci's future MORE

Loeffler has received the backing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellClash looms over next coronavirus relief bill McGrath campaign staffers to join union Romney, Collins, Murkowski won't attend GOP convention MORE (R-Ky.), Sens. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: DC's Bowser says protesters and nation were 'assaulted' in front of Lafayette Square last month; Brazil's Bolsonaro, noted virus skeptic, tests positive for COVID-19 How conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers to address alarming spike in coronavirus cases MORE (R-Tenn.), Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonHillicon Valley: Pompeo floats TikTok ban | Civil rights groups slam Facebook after call | Election security funding included in proposal Pompeo: US 'certainly looking at' ban on Chinese social media apps like TikTok Overnight Defense: DOD reportedly eyeing Confederate flag ban | House military spending bill blocks wall funding MORE (R-Ark.) and Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerBipartisan senators seek funding for pork producers forced to euthanize livestock Top Georgia Republican endorses Doug Collins Senate bid Senators balance coronavirus action with risks to health MORE (R-Neb.) and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, among others. 

Collins thanked Ferguson for his endorsement, saying he’s “honored and humbled” to receive his support. 

“It means more to me than I can express that Drew is standing by my side in this campaign. He is an indispensable leader in the fight for the President’s agenda, a tireless champion for his district and a very good friend,” he said in a statement.  

“Drew’s rapid rise to a leadership position came due to his smarts, hard work and ability to serve as an honest broker between all the disparate views held in the House Chamber. I will lean on his wisdom during this campaign as I do in Washington,” he added.