A fierce Trump ally and state senator in Georgia is making Democrats nervous as he vows to “investigate and expose all voter fraud” as part of plans should he be elected lieutenant governor.
Republican state Sen. Burt Jones made the pledge during the first TV and digital commercial of his campaign released on Monday to Fox News.
“Let me ask you a simple question – if there wasn’t any cheating or fraud in the 2020 election, why every time we call for a full investigation, the Stacey Abrams and the Democrats respond like this,” Jones argues as he speaks to camera in the spot.
The ad, titled “Scream,” then shows a montage of people screaming, blocking their ears, freaking out and fleeing in panic.
“Pretty much tells you everything you need to know,” Jones charges. “I’m going to make sure we investigate and expose all voter fraud. Because that’s what real leadership does.”
Jones’ campaign is reportedly spending six figures to run the ad on TV and digital statewide in Georgia starting this week.
Georgia has long been a staple among a list of solid red states, but 2020 saw something interesting occur.
President Biden narrowly edged out Trump in the Peach State in November, becoming the first Democrat to win the state in a presidential election in more than a quarter-century.
Trump led the state for the majority of the election – until one of Georgia’s largest counties suddenly halted counting which would eventually result in Biden being given a questionable lead.
As a result, Trump refused to concede to Biden and maintained for two months that there was massive voter fraud in Georgia and five other states where Biden also narrowly won.
Former president continues to maintain that the election was “rigged” and “stolen,” and many of his supporters believe the same.
Trump has also vowed to return to the Peach State to campaign against Republican Gov. Brian Kemp to punish his once ally for refusing to help his efforts last year to investigate the shady Georgia election results.
The former president is also backing a GOP primary challenge next year against GOP Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who similarly refused to aid Trump’s efforts to look into the results in Georgia.
Jones, who was first elected to the state senate in 2012, touted when he announced his candidacy for lieutenant governor last week that he was the first elected official in Georgia to endorse Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
And Jones, who lives in Jackson, Ga., roughly 50 miles southeast of Atlanta, spotlighted that he’s running on a conservative platform of reducing regulations and state taxes, cracking down on crime, and restoring confidence in elections.
Jones joined a race for the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor that also includes state Sen. Butch Miller, the chamber’s president pro tempore.
Miller presided over the passage earlier this year of Georgia’s new election security law. The measure which was passed the by GOP-controlled legislature and signed by Kemp into law and praised by Republicans as an effort to improve election integrity and pilloried by Democrats as a voter suppression move.
Miller is also calling for a Trump-backed audit of the presidential election results in Democratic-controlled Fulton County.
Trump however will not be endorsing Miller because he did not sufficiently support the thesis that the election was stolen. The former president last month issued a statement praising Jones for supporting his election charges. And the Jones campaign is hopeful that a Trump endorsement may come in the months ahead.
Author: Jackson Waiters