Rift in Georgia state GOP seemingly spawns political payback, as Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan strips three Republican senators of their committe chairs
Republican leaders in the Georgia state Senate sent two of their internal opponents to timeout Tuesday, stripping them of committee chair posts
Three MAGA leaning state senators lost their seniority on house committees following reshuffle for new session
Sen. Burt Jones lost a challange to Senate President Pro Tem Butch Miller in Republican leadership elections in November Tuesday he was stripped of the chairmanship of the Insurance and Labor Committee
Sen. Brandon Beach, a Jones supporter, was stripped of the chairmanship of the Transportation Committee
Sen. Matt Brass, who also supported the internal revolt in the Georgia GOP power grab attempt, was stripped of the chair of the Bankig and Financial Institutions Committee
The three men also support Donald Trump’s claim of a ‘stolen’ election in GA
The Republican rift in the Georgia state Senate came to a head Tuesday when Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan strippedd three ranking Republican senators who have backed attempts to overturn the presidential vote in the state over baseless allegations of irregularities.
When the bloodletting was over, state Sens. Brandon Beach of Alpharetta, Matt Brass of Newnan and Burt Jones of Jackson were sapped of their political influence on the second day of the winter session.
Duncan stripped Beach of his chairmanship of the Transportation Committee, while Jones who led the internal revolt against the state GOP establishment ,also saw his own senior standing slagged.
Republican Burt Jones of Jackson lost a challange to Senate President Pro Tem Butch Miller of Gainesville in Republican leadership elections in November. Piling on, he has now also lost his position as chair of the Senate Insurance and Labor Committee with the announcement of committee assignments by Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan.
Republican Sen. Brandon Beach of Alpharetta had led the Senate Transportation Committee in the previous term. But Beach, who had supported Jones’ challenge, will also not lead any of the state Senate’s 26 committees over the coming two years.
In addition to being internal foes of Miller, both Jones and Beach have been prominent supporters of efforts to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election win in Georgia, signing up as plaintiffs in lawsuits and attending hearings that allowed supporters of President Donald Trump to make unsupported claims of wrongdoing in Georgia’s elections.
Democrats the state continue to criticize those actions with State Sen. Jen Jordan, a Democrat from Atlanta, slamming fellow members of the state Senate who pushed misinformation and conspiracy theories from the Trump campaign Tuesday morning from the floor of the Senate.
“Members of this body aided and abetted the spread of information, they gave oxygen to a lie,” Jordan said.
Duncan has made several appearances on national television since the November election to attest that Georgia’s election was freely and fairly held and decry attacks on election officials by President Trump and his allies.
The Lt. Governor Tuesday named chairs and assigned members to committees in consultation with other Republican leaders. It’s a key step at the beginning of every two-year term, with chairs having a strong influence over what legislation advances and how it’s written. The House is expected to announce committee assignments in coming days.
Some intra-party opponents of Republican leaders and Trump partisans kept their leadership positions. Republican Sen. Greg Dolezal of Cumming will chair the Science and Technology Committee, while Republican Sen. Matt Brass of Newnan will chair the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee.
Brass had led the Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee in the last term, but in the crucial year when new lines will be drawn, was replaced by Republican Majority Leader John Kennedy of Macon.
Overall, there was a heavy shuffling of committee leadership in the 56-member Senate, where Republicans hold a 34-22 majority.
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