By Tia Lynn Ivey
The Morgan County Republican Party hosted its 20th Annual Presidents Day celebration last Monday, which drew about 150 attendees and several state and local elected officials, including the newly appointed United States Senator for Georgia Kelly Loeffler.
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice and State Representative Dave Belton also attended Monday night’s celebration.
Loeffler spoke to the crowd, pledging to uphold conservative values, to fight for conservative legislation, to support the appointment of conservative judges, and to proudly support President Donald Trump’s Administration.
“It’s truly humbling,” said Loeffler. “To be here with you all on Presidents Day with Donald Trump as our president…I could not be more proud of what he is doing for our country. He is working hard to put America first.”
Loeffler, only the second woman to ever represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate, was appointed by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to fill Johnny Isakson’s seat, after he resigned at the end of 2019 due to health issues.
Loeffler, new to politics, was the CEO of the financial platform Bakkt, a subsidiary of Intercontinental Exchange, as well as a co-owner of the Atlanta Dream WNBA franchise. She has described herself as a “lifelong conservative,” who is “pro-Second Amendment, pro-military, pro-wall, and pro-Trump.” She currently serves on the Senate Ag Committee and the Governor’s Affairs Committee.
Despite just coming into office, Loeffler will have to run to keep her seat in a special 2020 election on Tuesday, Nov. 3. If she wins that, she will have to run again in 2022 for a full six-year term.
Loeffler will face a Republican challenger, Representative Doug Collins, who is a top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee and the original choice of President Donald Trump for Isakson’s senate seat. The special election will be this November, in which the top two candidates will advance to a runoff election if no one wins the majority vote.
Loeffler asked for Morgan County voter support, vowing to support pro-life legislation, nutrition programs for food-insecure children, and to protect the agricultural industry in Georgia.
“Georgia’s number one industry is agriculture,” said Loeffler. “Our farmers, our produces, they are the lifeblood of our state and in our country…Farmers are the backbone of this country.”
She plans to be a different kind of politician than what’s typical in Washington, she said.
“I will tell you in Washington, there is a real disconnection, and the real focus is on being a life-long career politician….but my focus is that we are doing the right thing for Georgia…I want to seek out legislation that makes sense for Georgia, that supports the constitution, and that makes our lives better.”
Both Belton and Hice praised Loeffler at Monday night’s event.
“The more I get to know her, the more I like her,’ said Hice.
Barbara Tamplin closed Monday’s celebration with a history lesson on the 20th President of the United States, James Abram Garfield. Tamplin highlighted Garfield’s early life and work as a Christian preacher. She noted he was tragically assassinated shortly after being elected to the presidency.