Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan on Tuesday stripped Sen. Brandon Beach of his chairmanship of the powerful transportation committee. Beach, an Alpharetta Republican represents part of Cherokee County.

Duncan also took away committee leadership from Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson. The moves came following failed efforts by those senators and others who supported a special session to address disputed claims of voter fraud made by President Trump and his supporters. Duncan had repeatedly pushed Republicans to drop their focus on fraud claims and instead look ahead to bolstering Georgia GOP candidates in future elections.

Georgia election officials including Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger repeatedly dismissed the Nov. 3 fraud claims as unfounded while federal courts tossed several lawsuits seeking to reverse the election results.

Also on Tuesday Democrats in the Georgia Senate introduced a resolution condemning the riot by supporters of President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol last week.

Sponsored by five Democratic senators, the resolution slams “the disgraceful actions of right-wing violence and sedition” that saw Trump supporters break into and vandalize the Capitol building. The riots disrupted Congress’ vote to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the Nov. 3 general election.

The resolution also criticized several Republican state senators for holding “sham hearings” in December that gave a platform to election fraud claims spread by Trump and his allies, “delegitimizing the Senate and giving credibility to these conspiracy theories,” the resolution said.

State Sen. Jen Jordan, D-Atlanta, Tuesday called for those Senate Republicans to be held accountable for acting to agitate Trump’s supporters, saying on the Senate floor they “aided and abetted the spread of disinformation.”

“They gave oxygen to a lie,” said Jordan, who faced death threats for challenging the fraud claims at a Senate hearing last month. “To pretend like nothing happened, that this is just another day … that can’t be an option.”

The rioting and resolution came after Republican state lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee released a report last month calling the Nov. 3 election “chaotic” and that “any reported results must be viewed as untrustworthy.”

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DavekInCanton

We watched this sham taking place in Georgia election on TV when after the country stopped for the night and everyone locked out, they started hauling suitcases from under the tables and resumed counting. Why were only these battleground states targeted and not the others? I am disgusted with Kemp, Raffensperger, Duncan, and the rest of these so-called Republicans and will never vote for any of them again? What was the deal Raffensperger signed with the Democrats? Did money change has to get the Dominion voting machines in. Trump won that election, and the country will pay the price for having crooked Joe Biden and the Democrats in charge. Only the rich will prosper.

Bayou Bill

Duncan, Kemp, Raffensperger are finished in the state of Georgia.

Serendipity

I am not shocked that our Lt Gov would make this move. But I want to assure him that he is on the wrong side of history.

Everyone I know who has seen the stories from Fulton and other counties believes that serious and election-changing fraud occurred, both in the dark of night and in broad daylight.

Are our judges, officers, elected officials et al being paid off, bribed, or blackmailed to not only ignore the fraud but punish anyone who speaks of it? (And if I am wrong and there is no fraud, why not allow forensic analysis of ballots and machines to prove that everything was ok?)

I think something nefarious has happened. It’s common sense that votes cannot be subtracted, and that ballots cannot be scanned multiple times, not to mention the pallets of ballots in Cobb that were immediately shredded.

Polecatmtn

Agree. However, the day of reckoning is coming in the primaries.

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