Keep Georgia Honest and Principled

Governor Brian Kemp speaks at a campaign event in Alpharetta, Ga., May 17.


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When Georgians go to the polls on Tuesday, they have a clear choice: Peach State can re-elect Governor Brian Kemp, a leader of integrity, or replace him with an opportunist politician, Stacey Abrams of the Democratic Party or David Perdue of the Republican Party. In 2020, Georgia is at the center of a battle over who will control the Senate and the White House. In 2022, the stakes could be even higher. Georgians can send a clear message that voters will reward honest leadership and reject undisciplined politicians.

Over the past four years, Governor Kemp has provided strong leadership in challenging times. We don’t approach all issues the same way, but I respect that he speaks directly, listens to voters, and puts their needs first.

Because he is that type of leader, Governor Kemp has faced unreasonable and dishonest attacks from former President Trump just because he supported the will of Georgians in the 2020 election. Governor Kemp is a strong conservative and a Trump supporter. His only sin was to follow his constitutional obligation and refuse to lie to the people of his state.

Mr. Perdue, a former senator, was recruited by Mr. Trump to oppose Governor Kemp. He may be fighting for the Georgians, but in this race Mr. Perdue is running for an audience: Donald Trump.

Governor Kemp seems able to beat this challenge in the Republican primaries, but Mr. Perdue is not the only voter in this race. The likely Democratic candidate, Stacey Abrams, has spearheaded the implementation. In 2018, two years before President Trump tried to overturn the election defeat, Ms. Abrams called her own resounding defeat in the Georgia gubernatorial race (with over 50,000 votes) a “fraud”. “, swearing “we will never give in.”

While Democrats decry Mr. Trump’s refusal to acknowledge reality and give in to the election, many of them applaud Ms. Abrams for doing the same. Her bogus claims have been amplified in the mainstream and Democratic media from Capitol Hill to the highest levels of the White House. While her presentation may be more polished than the former president’s, and her words may not be crude, its impact is the same: undermining confidence in elections.

The vitriols from the extreme left and right obscured the larger fact that the extremes of both sides had more in common than they wanted to admit. Nowhere is this more evident than in Georgia. Operation Abrams and Perdue may not like each other, but they start from the same dangerous base. Both believe that politicians know better than the people, at least when their side is in power. Both undermine our democratic processes when they do not serve their own interests. Both are more interested in controlling one side than in managing or actually solving serious problems.

America’s future depends on honest leaders who realize that the office they hold is bigger than themselves. If David Perdue and Stacey Abrams gain the upper hand in Georgia, more self-serving politicians will be encouraged across the country. This is not about the difference between right and left. This is about the difference between right and wrong.

Mr. Hogan, a Republican, is the governor of Maryland.

Journalism Report: Democrats to the left, Republicans to the right. Image: Getty Images Synthesis: Mark Kelly

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